Spratt seeking special return to Adelaide as defending championWed 5 Dec 2018
After her most successful season in 2018, defending champion Amanda Spratthas confirmed her return to Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Undernext year with an early claim the course suits her and her Mitchelton-SCOTT squad.
Despite arriving at the Australian season on her way to peak performance for the year’s three main goals – the Ardennes Classics, the Giro Rosa and World Championships – Spratt proved her love and motivation for the Australian race by winning the Queen stage three and holding on for a 41-second overall victory at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under.
The 31-year-old’s success continued throughout the season with top-five finishes at all three Ardennes Classics, third overall behind teammate Annemiek van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa and a silver medal at the world championships in September.
Now widely considered as one of the world’s best climbers, Spratt is motivated for even more success in 2019.
Next year’s Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, to be held from Thursday, 10 January to Sunday, 14 January, features two up-hill finishes in the four stages, including Mengler’s Hill and Stirling before concluding with the traditional city-centre finish in line with the People’s Choice Classic.
"I can’t wait to be back in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under in 2019. I have such great memories from this race and I would love to create some more.”
“It’s a big target for me and the mixture of stages should suit me but also our whole team, so I’m excited to see what we can do together there.
"TDU time is such a special time to be a cyclist in Australia - the whole atmosphere around the race is incredible.”
"Returning to a race as defending champion is great, even more so when it’s in Australia in front of a home crowd. I haven’t returned to many races as a defending champion so it definitely makes this Tour Down Under even more special for me.”
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