Spratt smart for silver at world championshipsSat 29 Sep 2018
31-year-old Amanda Spratt has claimed the silver medal for Australia at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria today.
Spratt went with a smart move on the first of three finishing laps, before proving the biggest challenger for new world champion Anna van der Breggen (NED) who claimed a strong solo victory.
First lap move:
Having been support by her Australian team early on, including an impressive performance by Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate Lucy Kennedy, Spratt tapped onto a smart move on the first of three finishing laps.
The Australian joined four others to attack on the short but steep incline in the old town, away from the main climb, and bridged across to solo leader Coryn Rivera (USA).
Action from behind:
The main climb on the penultimate lap saw the action heat up behind. Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) attacked before a solo counter from national teammate Van der Breggen saw all of the other favourites out of the game.
In a flash Van der Breggen was at the front of the race and her pressure saw the lead group explode with only Spratt able to follow.
Soloing to silver:
Van der Breggen made another head effort over the top of the penultimate climb which distanced Spratt and for the following 40km the pair soloed to the gold and silver medals.
By the conclusion of the 151km race Van der Breggen has extended her lead, taking an emphatic solo win by three-minute 42seconds to Spratt. Behind, the gaps also extended with Tatiana Guderzo (ITA) claiming the final medal five-minutes 26seconds adrift.
“I’m definitely happy with the silver medal. I can be very proud of this.
"The Australian team did a very good job protecting me in the early laps. When I made my move, I was expecting the Dutch to come across and Anna [van der Breggen] came across.
"I just tried to hold her wheel as much as I could, which was maybe a little mistake. I probably could have stayed with her a little longer than I did but she was on another level today. She was so so strong…
"I’m glad to deliver a medal for the team. They’ve been supporting me, backing me since when the team was selected.”
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