“It was perfect from kilometer zero. We had Loren Rowney, Chloe McConville and Sarah Roy who did a lot of work to set myself, Rachel and Tayler Wiles up for the final,” Spratt said at the finish. “It was just a battle once we got to the climbs. We were constantly attacking and the peloton just kept whittling down, so we just kept the pressure and just kept sticking at it. I thought Rachel's move would stay away with Chloe Hosking, but then it came back so I countered over the top and managed to get away."
Orica-AIS dominated the race, with Spratt’s winning move coming inside the final 25 kilometres, after she and her teammates had softened up the peloton over the 113 kilometre course.
The first hour of racing saw a number of attacks from the field but Wiggle and Orica keep the pace in the peloton high, not allowing for any serious threats to escape their clutches.
Jessica Allen (High5 Dream Team) finally broke free after 50 kilometres of action and she was later joined by Taryn Heather (Bike Bug), with the pair building a maximum lead of 90 seconds.
That brought Orica and the rest of the well-represented teams back into play and the pair were reeled in with 30 kilometres to go.
Neylan made her most aggressive move with Hosking joining her but the vastly reduced peloton – down to fewer than 20 riders at this point – had just enough to catch the pair.
However with the field starting to weaken, Spratt made her move on the finishing circuit. With nine kilometres to go, the gap was just 12 seconds but she more than hung on, with Neylan having enough to hold off King in the sprint.
“It was painful over all those climbs but when you’ve got a team like that you're always motivated for the finish,” added Spratt.
Last year's winner and this year's second place finisher Neylan also applauded the whole team effort.
“To be a part of a win which was full of such cohesive teamwork is special, so I'm just absolutely thrilled.”
King finished third while there was further consolation for Wiggle with Allen picking up the Queen of the Mountains jersey.
“I jumped to get a gap, no one came with me, so I just set a nice tempo, went pretty hard to get that Queen of the Mountains and then just recovered a bit afterwards,” she said.
“Taryn Heather jumped across to me and we went pretty hard together for about 15km, opening up a gap of over a minute, the bunch caught us again after the feed zone.
“It was great to have the opportunity to get this jersey thanks to the support of my High5 Dream Team teammates and staff.”
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS||2:58:45|
|2||Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica-AIS||0:00:49|
|3||Danielle King (GBr) Wiggle-High5|
|4||Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle-High5||0:01:03|
|5||Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hogs Breath Cafe Tineli|
|6||Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Boss Racing Team|
|7||Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS|
|8||Ruth Corset (Aus) Rush Women's Team|
|9||Miranda Griffiths (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team|
|10||Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle-High5||0:01:07|
|11||Lucy Kennedy (Aus) High5-Dream Team||0:01:24|
|12||Kirsten Howard (Aus) Subaru NSWIS NKC||0:03:16|
|13||Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team||0:03:17|
|14||Ruby Livingstone (NZl) Roxsolt|
|15||Justine Barrow (Aus) Boss Racing Team|
|16||Julie Leth (Den) Hogs Breath Cafe Tineli|
|17||Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle-High5|
|18||Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle-High5|
|19||Loren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AIS|
|20||Genevieve Whitson (GBr) CBR Women's Racing Team|
|21||Joanne Hogan (Aus) Rush Women's Team|
|22||Shannon Malseed (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team||0:05:09|
|23||Tayla Evans (Aus) Bikebug-NextGen|
|24||Emily Cunningham (Aus) Boss Racing Team|
|25||Jessica Allen (Aus) High5-Dream Team|
|26||Georgia Catterick (NZl) Roxsolt|
|27||Sophie Mackay (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing||0:05:42|
|28||Lucy Barker (Aus) Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome||0:07:27|
|29||Hannah Gumbley (NZl) Roxsolt|
|30||Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Rush Women's Team||0:08:22|
|31||Rachel Ward (Aus) Bikebug-NextGen||0:08:53|
|32||Taryn Heather (Aus) Bikebug-NextGen|
|33||Chloe Mcintosh (Aus) CBR Women's Racing Team||0:08:59|
|34||Aimee Ingram (Aus) Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome||0:09:15|
|35||Christina Teniswood (Aus) Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome||0:09:33|
|36||Lynne Clarke (Aus) Boss Racing Team||0:10:12|
|37||Angela Smith (Aus) Subaru NSWIS NKC||0:10:13|
|38||Hollee Simons (Aus) Subaru NSWIS NKC|
|39||Emily Roper (Aus) Hogs Breath Cafe Tineli|
|40||Kendelle Hodges (Aus) High5-Dream Team|
|41||Deborah Hennessey (Aus) Hogs Breath Cafe Tineli||0:12:48|
|42||Harriet Smith (Aus) BCWS||0:13:28|
|43||Penny Brown (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing||0:15:35|
|44||Ania Ligas (Aus) BCWS||0:17:04|
|45||Verita Stewart (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing||0:20:21|
|46||Margeaux Thompson (Aus) BCWS|
|47||Fiona Yard (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|48||Belinda Chamberlain (Aus) CBR Women's Racing Team|
|49||Esther Borg (Aus) BCWS|
|50||Emily Cust (Aus) BCWS|
|51||Minda Murray (Aus) Rush Women's Team|
|52||Abby Sneddon (Aus) Roxsolt|
|53||Kristy Glover (Aus) Bikebug-NextGen|
|54||Jessica Lane (Aus) Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome||0:22:35|
|55||Ella Scanlan-Bloor (Aus) Roxsolt||0:24:25|
|DNF||Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS|
|DNF||Chloe Mcconville (Aus) Orica-AIS|
|DNF||Samantha De Riter (Aus) High5-Dream Team|
|DNF||Brodie Chapman (Aus) Holden Women's Cycling Team|
|DNF||Kate Perry (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing|
|DNF||Kirsty Broun (Aus) Rush Women's Team|
|DNF||Carley Mckay (Aus) Boss Racing Team|
|DNF||Gemma Ansell (Aus) Boss Racing Team|
|DNF||Alicia Macdonald (Aus) Subaru NSWIS NKC|
|DNF||Josephine Meldgaard (NZl) Roxsolt|
|DNF||Alice Wallett (Aus) CBR Women's Racing Team|
|DNF||Michelle Apostolou (Aus) CBR Women's Racing Team|
|DNF||Serene Lee (Sin) BCWS|
|DNF||Brittany Lindores (Aus) Bikebug-NextGen|
|DNF||Alana Haansbergen (Aus) Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome|
|DNF||Georgina Beech (Aus) Mercedes Benz Adelaide Blackchrome|
|DNF||Sara Mills (Aus) Hogs Breath Cafe Tineli|