• Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton Scott) during the 22nd Boels Rental Ladies Tour 2019, Prologue a 3,8km Individual Time Trial stage from Sittard to Gelee (Getty)Source: Getty
For the first time since she stood on the podium in 2004 as a junior, Aussie Amanda Spratt will contest the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships.
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Cycling Central

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Cycling Australia
23 Sep 2019 - 1:03 PM  UPDATED 23 Sep 2019 - 1:20 PM

15 years ago as a 17-year-old, Spratt gave the junior women's ITT a good crack, something she hopes to do again on Tuesday evening Sydney time, filling the spot vacated by Mitchelton-Scott team mate Grace Brown through injury.

"This will be my first time trial at the World Championships since being a junior in 2004, and I have great memories of that, I got the bronze medal,” said Spratt.

"This is one event I get really nervous about, but I think it is a good challenge for me. I think I am ready for it, I wouldn’t have put my hand up for it if I didn’t think it was the right time."

The clear favourite for the 32.5km race against the clock from Ripon to Harrogate is of course Spratt’s Mitchelton-Scott teammate and two-time reigning world champion, Annemiek van Vleuten.

"I have nothing to lose," said the 32-year-old Sydneysider. "I am not putting a number on the result, I just want to have a really good performance and I will be happy with that,”

“The first 12 kilometres is not super interesting, but after that, it gets quite up and down and a bit technical, so it has been good to see it and get a good feel for it.”

But the main quest for the 2018 World Championship silver medallist is Saturday's 150km road race and Australia's first ever women’s road world title. Spratt will lead a strong Australian outfit of Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM), Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott), Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Brodie Chapman (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank), Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini) and Jessica Allen (Mitchelton-Scott).

"I love being back in the green and gold, and being in the Aussie team environment is great, you always feel so supported. And you kind of get that extra buzz when you’re out riding in this kit," Spratt said. "I look forward to when the other Aussie girls get here and we can start looking forward to the road race on Saturday."

Cheer on Spratty! We are streaming the women's elite ITT live on Tuesday 24 September from 11.40pm AEST via our website and SBS On Demand. 

Reigning Australian and Oceania under 23 ITT champion Liam Magennis will fly the flag for Australia earlier on Tuesday evening, over the same 32.5km course.

"The course is good," he said. "it looks fast, pretty flat, a little bit technical, will be interested to see how it rides in the wet. “I am really keen to race."

Cheer on Liam! We are streaming the under 23 men's ITT live on Tuesday 24 September from 7.10pm AEST via our website and SBS On Demand.

We are streaming selected events from the 2019 UCI Road World Championships via SBS On Demand and our website with live TV coverage of the women's and men's road races scheduled for SBS Viceland.

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