Spratt sprints to second on her racing return at Trofeo Alfredo BindaSun 24 Mar 2019
Australian Amanda Sptratt sprinted to second place on her return to racing at Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio after an attacking finale in Italy.
The 31-year-old was making her comeback to racing after being forced to abandon Strade Bianche two weeks ago, and it was an impressive return as she made the decisive move to contest the finish in Cittiglio.
It was a fast start to the day as the peloton rolled out of Taino and despite the efforts of several riders, including Spratt, no breakaway could stick.
Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) was the first rider to get away, with the American being allowed to dangle ahead of the bunch until the pace was upped behind and she was brought back.
With a lull in the pace Australian Grace Brown launched a counter move over the second passing of the Orino and opened up an advantage of 45 seconds on the shrinking peloton.
With Brown’s advantage coming down, Herald Sun Tour winner Lucy Kennedy was the next Mitchelton-SCOTT rider to make a move, driving the pace at the head of the pack and reducing the numbers in the bunch.
Several attacks came and went with two laps to go, with Spratt staying attentive and making it into the moves each time, but with nothing sticking it was clear the race was going to be decided on the final lap.
After numerous attacks over the final climb, a select group of nine was formed with each rider trying their hand at breaking clear on the run to the line. Spratt rolled the dice with 5km to go, but in the end it came down to a bunch sprint with Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) taking the win ahead of the triple Tour Down Under champion.
“I’m really happy with the second place today. The European season didn’t start well with the crash at Strade Bianche, so it’s nice to step back into racing with this result and tt gives me a lot of confidence for my goals coming up."
"The team were so great today. On this course the race can go two ways: a bunch sprint or a more select group so I’m very grateful all the girls backed and believed in me to give me this opportunity. Of course the win would have been ideal but we can be proud of second place, especially to a rider like Marianne Vos."
"I felt great all day and kept telling the girls this so they knew. We had a plan to make the race hard and we just went for it, I’m proud of the way we raced. With 5kms to go I tried one attack but was chased back by Vos then I decided to try my luck for the sprint. I’m not known for my sprint but I have confidence in myself especially in a hard uphill finish like this."
Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas (Sports Director):
"The team rode really well today, we tried to make the race hard for everyone else so we had Brown go on a solo break at mid-race just like she did in Drenthe last week."
"Then when she was coming back, Kennedy did a good job of going hard on the next climb and set everything up to get the sprinters that were still in the bunch dropped."
"Spratty did a strong ride, racing smart and she was always with the top riders when they attacked, but in the end Vos was stronger in the sprint and she got a deserved win."
Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio Results:
1. Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) 3:27:03
2. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla Pro Cycling) ST
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