Amanda Spratt's stinging attack at Santos Tour Down Under has us excited for the Corkscrew climb on the third and final stage.
Spratt’s move on Mount Lofty left the rest of the field scrambling behind her as she powered away on the climb to open up a gap.
The three-time Santos Tour Down Under winner was holding onto a narrow advantage going under the flamme rouge but the stage was just 500 meters too long for the Australian, with the chasers catching her just before the line.
Her move came off the back of another strong team performance with every rider on Trek-Segafredo’s Down Under roster playing their role to set up Spratt for the finale of the 90-kilometer stage.
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Reaction from the Finish Line
“It’s brutal sometimes, isn’t it? But, that’s sport. I got a really good gap and I felt great on the climb, actually. It was really fun to be able to attack like that again. I haven’t been able to do that for a few years so, I can take a lot of confidence from it. I was just pushing so hard and hoping I could make it. That last corner just didn’t come soon enough so I got caught just before the line but, I mean, the team rode really well. We had a plan and we stuck to it and I really have to thank my team. They set that up perfectly and we’ve got one more day to chase that ochre jersey now.
“The last two years have been pretty difficult for me. Over a year ago I had surgery for iliac artery endofibrosis and last season was just a whole rebuilding season so it feels pretty special that Trek-Segafredo signed me and I have joined one of the best teams in the world. I have had my first normal pre-season since 2019 and I love these races. Tour Down Under is one of my favorite races so I am so happy and motivated to be back here. It’s really special and we still have another chance to chase that win.
“Tomorrow is the Corkscrew. I’ve ridden it a few times now and it’s a climb that suits me so we just have to really focus on that and hope that we can bring it home.”