Australian champion Amanda Spratt fought hard today to finish in 11th place on a surprisingly challenging stage three at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.
The action kicked off in the final part of the race due to tough parcours and aggressive racing, with Spratt and Gracie Elvin making into a select lead group of 15riders.
Despite late attacks it came down to the final kilometre uphill to the finish as the leading group battled it out with Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) getting the better of her breakaway companions to claim the stage victory. Spratt worked hard to finish in the front group and move up to 12th place overall in the general classification.
“It was really, really hard today,” explained Bates. “We were not expecting it to be so hard going off the profile. We thought there would be a few rolling hills but nothing like it actually was.”
|1||Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL) - Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team||3:20:21|
|2||Amy Pieters (NED) - Wiggle High5||ST|
|3||Chantal Blaak (NED) - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||ST|
|4||Alena Amialiusik (BLR) - Canyon SRAM Racing||ST|
|5||Leah Kirchmann (CAN) - Team Liv-Plantur||ST|
|6||Ellen Van Dijk (NED) - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||0:00:08|
|7||Lisa Brennauer (GER) - Canyon SRAM Racing||0:00:09|
|8||Alice Maria Arzuffi (ITA) - Lensworld-Zannata||0:00:14|
|9||Solovei Ganna (UKR) - Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team||0:00:16|
|10||Audrey Cordon (FRA) - Wiggle High5||0:00:16|
|11||Amanda Spratt (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:00:16|
|15||Gracie Elvin (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:02:13|
|23||Jessica Allen (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:05:23|
|41||Loren Rowney (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:07:37|
|42||Sarah Roy (AUS) - ORICA-AIS||0:07:37|
|51||Tayler Wiles (USA) - ORICA-AIS||0:07:58|