Spratt solos to victory in Portarlington

Mon 2 Jan 2017

Australian champion Amanda Spratt has soloed to an emphatic victory on day two of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Portarlington today.

Spratt, who declared the tough circuit her favourite of the series, attacked from a reduced group at the mid-way point of the race and immediately gained 24seconds in one lap of the 1.34km course.

Capping off a perfect day, Jenelle Crooks and Annemiek van Vleuten finished second and third respectively to complete a full ORICA-SCOTT podium.

“I have done 12 or 13 ‘Bay Crits’ now,” Spratt said. “This is my favourite course and I have been trying to win here every year and never have. Finally (I have).”

“Every year I come here and say ‘this is the year for Portarlington’ and it has never happened so I am happy it came together today.”

Spratt was particularly pleased to see the whole team respond to some of the errors made yesterday’s criterium in Geelong.                                                                                               

“We made a few mistakes in yesterday’s race by not using the numbers so today we really wanted to make amends for that,” Spratt said.

“We decided to be aggressive earlier, it definitely suits the whole team. We were able to create a situation where we had our entire team in a group of ten which was perfect.

“We wanted to come out here, show that we are a unit and can work well together. We were all really focussed for today to improve on our mistakes from yesterday and we definitely did that. I was really happy, particularly to see Jenelle get up there in second. Our two young riders have both had a podium now that shows the depth we have in the team.”

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic conclude tomorrow in Williamstown before the Australian Summer of Cycling moves to Ballarat for the Australian championships.

“It’s nice to come here and confirm the form is good,” Spratt concluded. “I’ve had a really big training block, I finished my season earlier so have been training a little longer than I normally would so it’s great to come here, get the win and know that all the training is working.”