• Amanda Spratt solos to victory in Meadows, Adelaide on stage 1 of the Santos Women's Tour. (Kathryn Watt)Source: Kathryn Watt
Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) landed a solo victory on the first stage of the Santos Women's Tour in Meadows, Adelaide.
By
Jamie Finch-Penninger

Source:
Cycling Central
14 Jan 2017 - 4:31 PM  UPDATED 14 Jan 2017 - 5:48 PM

Joined by Rushlee Buchanan (UnitedHealthcare) and Janneke Ensing (Ale Cippolini), Spratt escaped from the peloton after her team put the pressure on in the final 25 kilometres. She was then able to pull clear from her fellow escapees on the final Queen of the Mountains (QOM) ascent with just another uncategorised climb standing between her and victory. 

“I’m really happy with that,” said Spratt, “the team worked great together today. We tried to make it as hard as possible, especially in those last 18 kilometres, it was constantly up and down and we were attacking all the time.”

“We thought with 30 kilometres to go there’d be enough wind to put it in the gutter, as it happened there wasn’t really enough to do that. We knew the other teams would look to us to chase if a break went up the road and got out of hand, so we didn’t want to put ourselves in that position and I think we did that very well.”

Spratt and defending champion Katrin Garfoot (Orica-Scott) went into the race as many people’s favourites for the win and having the numbers played dividends for the Australian squad.

“We didn’t care who got away, as long as they had enough of a gap and a chance to win the stage and go for the overall. So that was the plan for the team and I’m lucky to be the one that got the opportunity,” said Spratt. 

As it happened

A world class field was greeted by an encouraging crowd at the stage start in Hahndorf for the 106.5 kilometre stage to Meadows. Compared to last year’s road stages, numbers and spirits were much higher as anticipation pervaded the air. Some of the best riders in the world were preparing to do battle on the stage likely to be the most decisive in the General Classification battle.

The pace began fast and was maintained by the strong teams unprepared to allow any break to establish early on. Kate Perry (Specialized) was the only one to make any headway at this point, but was shut down quickly, the bunch mindful of the strength of the rider who who placed third at the national time trial only a few days earlier.  

A similar fate awaited Perry when she tried again, this time accompanied by fellow Australians Louisa Lobigs (Holden) and Ellen Skerrit (Rush).

The final 25 kilometres of the stage promised to be the spot for the decisive moves to form with dead roads and gradually rising terrain into the ascent of the Paris Creek Rd climb with four kilometres to go.

Orica-Scott made it tough on the false flat section splitting the bunch into pieces as multiple surges forced the main bunch into four groups. Spratt made use of the disorganisation to attack with Buchanan, the newly crowned New Zealand national champion. Orica-Scott were happy with the move and stopped the pace-making with no team able to take up the challenge and bring the Spratt-Buchanan duo back.

Ensing launched powerfully from the peloton to bridge across solo to the front pair. Spratt sat pretty in the front group as they approached the short Queen of the Mountain’s (QOM) point, dropping Rushlee Buchanan in the process.

“It was very painful in the last 10 kilometres, Rushlee dropped off and it was just Janneke and I. I knew Janneke was a strong sprinter so I had to drop her on the last two climbs.”

On the 11 per cent QOM climb up Paris Creek Rd, Spratt flew, gapping Ensing at the top. Ensing was able to catch back on but an uncategorised climb with three kilometres left was enough for Spratt to kick again and drop the Dutch rider.

From there Spratt was able to drive it all the way into the finish and she crossed the line with a 19 second advantage over Ensing and 59 seconds on Katie Hall (UnitedHealthCare) a late attacker over the final climb.

Stage 1 Results and General Classification Top 10

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1.  3 Amanda SPRATT (ORS) 2h51:01
2.  36 Janneke ENSING (ALE) +19
3.  62 Katharine HALL (UHC) +59
4.  26 Alexis RYAN (LPR) +1:01
5.  42 Danielle KING (CPC) +1:01
6.   1 Katrin GARFOOT (ORS) +1:01
7.   81 Alice BARNES (DRP) +1:01
8.   73 Peta MULLENS (HBS) +1:01
9.   65 Ruth WINDER (UHC) +1:01
10. 161 Lauren KITCHEN (SNS) +1:01

 

11. 83 Ann-Sophie DUYCK (DRP) +1:01
12. 24 Tiffany CROMWELL (LPR) +1:01
13. 41 Kirsten WILD (CPC) +1:01
14. 52 Leah THOMAS (T20) +1:01
15. 86 Susanna ZORZI (DRP) +1:01
16. 136 Kate MCILROY (SPW) +1:01
17. 64 Tayler WILES (UHC) +1:01
18. 151 Georgia WILLIAMS (NZL) +1:01
19. 124 Justine BARROW (RSH) +1:01
20. 123 Ruth CORSETT (RSH) +1:01
21. 102 Lucy KENNEDY (HFD) +1:01
22. 61 Rushlee BUCHANAN (UHC) +1:01
23. 32 Carlee TAYLOR (ALE) +1:01
24. 6 Janelle CROOKS (ORS) +1:01
25. 116 Emma POOLEY (HWC) +1:01
26. 112 Shannon MALSEED (HWC) +1:01
27. 162 Kirsten HOWARD (SNS) +1:47
28. 45 Malgorzata JASINSKA (CPC) +1:47
29. 16 Mayuko HAGIWARI (WHT) +1:47
30. 82 Anna CHRISTIAN (DRP) +2:05
31. 2 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN (ORS) +2:05
32. 31 Chloe HOSKING (ALE) +2:33
33. 53 Gretchen STUMHOFER (T20) +2:33
34. 75 Liza RACHETTO (HBS) +2:33
35. 101 Rebecca WIASAK (HFD) +2:33
36. 95 Amanda JAMIESON (CCN) +2:33
37. 154 Mikayla HARVEY (NZL) +2:33
38. 15 Julie LETH (WHT) +2:33
39. 163 Ashlee ANKUDINOFF (SNS) +2:33
40. 66 Lauretta HANSEN (UHC) +2:33
41. 33 Romy KASPER (ALE) +2:33
42. 14 Grace GARNER (WHT) +2:33
43. 35 Davia TUSLAITE (ALE) +2:33
44. 134 Lucy BECHTEL (SPW) +2:33
45. 51 Nina LAUGHLIN (T20) +2:33
46. 131 Madeline WRIGHT (SPW) +2:33
47. 126 Kristy GLOVER (RSH) +2:33
48. 63 Lauren HALL (UHC) +2:33
49. 54 Annie FOREMAN-MACKEY (T20) +2:33
50. 156 Georgia CATTERICK (NZL) +2:33
51. 115 Jaime GUNNING (HWC) +2:33
52. 103 Tessa FABRY (HFD) +2:33
53. 144 Victoria VEITCH (MBB) +2:33
54. 43 Rossella RATTO (CPC) +2:33
55. 135 Ella BLOOR (SPW) +2:33
56. 122 Ellen SKERRIT (RSH) +2:36
57. 85 Rebecca WOMERSLEY (DRP) +2:57
58. 84 Abigail VAN TWISK (DRP) +2:57
59. 152 Racquel SHEATH (NZL) +2:57
60. 164 Gina RICARDO (SNS) +2:57
61. 155 Madeleine PARK (NZL) +2:57
62. 105 Emily ROPER (HFD) +2:57
63. 111 Grace BROWN (HWC) +3:05
64. 71 Ivy AUDRAIN (HBS) +3:13
65. 92 Kylie WATERREUS (CCN) +3:13
66. 76 Starla TEDDERGREEN (HBS) +3:13
67. 44 Rachele BARBIERI (CPC) +3:13
68. 114 Erin KINNEALY (HWC) +3:13
69. 11 Annette EDMONDSON (WHT) +3:13
70. 12 Amy CURE (WHT) +3:13
71. 113 Louisa LOBIGS (HWC) +3:13
72. 13 Amy ROBERTS (WHT) +3:13
73. 143 Hayley JONES (MBB) +3:13
74. 4 Jessica ALLEN (ORS) +3:13
75. 46 Marta TAGLIAFERRO (CPC) +3:13
76. 23 Barbara GUARISCHI (LPR) +3:13
77. 96 Tsubasa MAKISE (CCN) +3:18
78. 145 Narelle HARDS (MBB) +5:41
79. 55 Chloe DYGERT (T20) +5:50
80. 146 Holly RANSON (MBB) +6:08
81. 142 Rebecca CARTER (MBB) +6:08
82. 74 Beth-Ann ORTON (HBS) +6:08
83. 93 Desiree EHRLER (CCN) +6:08
84. 5 Alexandra MANLY (ORS) +6:08
85. 133 Kate PERRY (SPW) +7:04
86. 34 Anna TREVISI (ALE) +7:04
87. 25 Mieki KROGER (LPR) +7:04
88. 22 Lisa BRENNAUER (LPR) +10:13
89. 153 Bryony BOTHA (NZL) +10:37
90. 166 Emma ROBERTS (SNS) +10:37
91. 94 Verena EBERHARDT (CCN) +10:50
92. 132 Verita STEWART (SPW) +11:24
93. 106 Chloe MORAN (HFD) +11:31
94. 165 Nicola MACDONALD (SNS) +11:31
95. 104 Kristina CLONAN (HFD) +12:22
96. 56 Sofia ARREOLA-NAVARRO (T20) +12:22
97. 125 Winanda SPOOR (RSH) +12:45
98. 121 Bridie O'DONNELL (RSH) +15:16
99. 91 Carley MCKAY (CCN) +17:06