Amanda Spratt happy and satisfied after second place at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 22 2018 03:32 pm CET

Amanda Spratt happy and satisfied after second place at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Amanda Spratt happy and satisfied after second place at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Photo of Amanda Spratt by Mitchelton-Scott

Australian Amanda Spratt came close to victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege Femmes on Sunday but had every reason to be happy with second place.

'Spratty' attacked in the finale of the race and momentarily rode solo, until being caught by the eventual winner Anna van der Breggen. The 30-year-old finished only seconds after the Dutchwoman however to secure an impressive second spot. To add to the celebrations, she got to share the podium with teammate Annemiek van Vleuten who finished third.

"This has definitely been my best ever Ardennes Classics, I had a bit of a funny spring with some illness and injury and missed out on some of the cobbled classics. But I think it may have been a blessing in disguise because I have come in to these races a bit fresher," she said.

"I am really happy and satisfied with the result, we didn’t get the win, but the team rode amazing and I haven’t been up there in that many finals so that’s a step up for me this season and it’s great to have Annemiek up there with me, talking me through it as it’s happening.

"I’ve found a new appreciation for what you need to do to be up there competing in these races and Annemiek is such a strong and smart rider that she’s someone I can look to and learn a lot from and it’s great that we get to share the podium."

Spratt, who has spent her whole professional road career at her current team, won the overall classification of the Women's Tour Down Under earlier this year.




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