Spratt sprints early and holds on for fifth place in GP Plouay

Sat 25 Aug 2018

Giro-Rosa stage winner Amanda Spratt sprinted to fifth place today for Mitchetlon-SCOTT from a reduced front group in the one-day UCI Women’s WorldTour race GP Plouay.

After a continuous flow of attacks in the final five kilometres, a small select group battled it out for the race win, with Spratt following a late move inside the final kilometres before opening up her sprint early and holding on for fifth place behind race winner Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans).

Compact peloton

For the opening three laps of 27km, the peloton kept things together, not allowing any riders to get away. Inside the final 30km a solo rider, Hannah Nilsson (BTC City), attacked away but was only able to open up a small lead of 20seconds as the peloton kept her close in sight.

The race headed towards the tough Ty Marec climb for the penultimate time with 20km and Team Sunweb, Mitchelton-SCOTT and Boels-Dolmans all headed to the front of the bunch and set a fierce pace into the bottom.

Towards the top of the climb Cervelo-Bigla began to attack one after the other which caused the group to quickly reduce in size with all the race favourites left at the front including Spratt.

Active finishing lap

More attacks continued to come as the riders passed the finishing line before starting a local finishing loop of 14.7km, however, the pace slowed and eventually the group swelled back out to around 40riders.

Despite starting with just four riders, Mitchelton-SCOTT were in a good position with all riders in the front group as more attacks began to fly. Once again, the Ty Marec climb was the place were the race split and from the final time up the climb until the finish line the attacks continued to come.

Spratt remained towards the front covering moves as riders dropped off the pace over the top of the climb and around 15riders were left. Spratt opened up her sprint early, taking a head start over the rest and was able to hold on for a respectable fifth place.

Amanda Spratt - 5th place

“The race was pretty tame for the most part, we saw less attacks than previously and it seemed like everyone was waiting for the last lap. We only had four riders at the start today but I think we really made the most of our numbers. 

Jess Allen and Alex Manly both had really great rides today, they covered any dangerous moves early so Sarah Roy and I could save energy and then on the last and second last lap they did amazing work with lead outs into the hardest climb where positioning was critical. I’m really grateful to them for the work they did

“I am happy with my result today. I think that was the best I could do today and I am happy with how my legs felt. I was strong and could follow the best riders when there were attacks on the final climb. 

“Once I knew that Roy was not going to come back to the front group I had to make a decision whether to attack or wait for the sprint and Gene Bates (sport director) encouraged me to go for the sprint, so I backed myself for that. I went a little early but I think with so many fast sprinters left in the group this was a good option and I’m happy with my fifth place.”

GP Plouay results:

1. Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Coryn Tovera (Team Sunweb)
3. Marianne Vos (Waowdeals)
5. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

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