Santos Women's Tour: Stage 3 win for Spratt

Defending champion moves into race lead with one stage to come

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton Scott) pounced on stage three of the 2018 Santos Women's Tour to ride into the ochre jersey with victory on the uphill finish in Hahndorf. Spratt is now in prime position to defend her title with a 29-second gap on Lauren Stephens (Cylance Pro Cycling) and 1:30 minutes to Katrin Garfoot (UniSA Australia) with the final criterium stage remaining.

"I think we had to come in confident. We knew that we had second, third and fourth on GC and Kat [Garfoot] was the only UniSA rider up there," Spratt said. "You can never underestimate her, she is in really peak condition we know that from the nationals, so we really just wanted to try and isolate her."

The stage was one many thought may have ended in a sprint finish but Spratt who had gone on a reconnaissance mission last year knew of the opportunities to use the stage to move into the lead.

"It is a race I have targeted for a while. I came down last December and reconned the stages, so I was really confident with this stage that I knew the roads. Once I got away I was confident I could stay away."

Strong winds and threatening skies greeted the peloton at the newly constructed Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend for the 122.4-kilometre stage. Crosswinds and constantly changing weather wreaked havoc on the field throughout the opening hour and a half.

Linda Villumsen (Team Virtu Cycling) attacked the bunch 40 kilometres into the stage quickly distancing the field. Once in time trial mode the former world champion against the clock quickly took 5:15 minutes, giving the New Zealander the virtual lead by over four minutes.

With the gap holding, the pressure built on UniSA as the team launched a series of attacks by Lauretta Hanson and Tiffany Cromwell, which were soon followed by other teams lead by Mitchelton Scot trying their luck.

"We actually got Annemiek [Van Vleuten] and Lucy Kennedy into a move without Kat, it was just perfect, and we were happy for that to keep going," Spratt explained. "Kat had no choice really. Her teammates were really trying to bring that back and they couldn't, so she had to do the work to get across.

"I was sitting on her wheel to get across and I knew as soon as she caught them that I had to go and that was the moment so that’s when I went."

Working well, Spratt along with Stephens quickly ate into Villumsen's advantage and with 36 kilometres to ride there were three leaders. A tired Villumsen fell off the pace with just over 20 kilometres remaining to leave Spratt and Stephens in pole position to fight for the stage.

Grace Brown (Holden Team Gusto Racing) made a move inside the final 15 kilometres to bridge across. A charging Brown made inroads into the 1:30 minutes advantage, although the kilometres ticked down too quickly for the Australian.

As the road rose sharply with 400 metres to go, Spratt unleashed a powerful acceleration distancing her breakaway companion to take the stage by seven seconds. Brown grabbed the final spot on the podium 59 seconds behind.

With the final stage criterium on Sunday, Spratt sits in control of the overall and also leads the sprint and mountains classifications. Grace Anderson (Vantage New Zealand National Team) tops the young rider standings.

 

 

Full Results


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott3:47:24 
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:07 
3Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing0:00:59 
4Katrin Garfoot (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:33 
5Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:01:34 
6Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:01:35 
7Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:01:38 
8Grace Anderson (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:01:40 
9Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
10Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cub) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air  
11Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
12Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott0:01:44 
13Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling0:01:46 
14Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek - Drops0:01:50 
15Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
16Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:01:53 
17Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:01:56 
18Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
19Sharlotte Lucas (NZl) Specialized Women's Racing  
20Deborah Paine (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:01:59 
21Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink  
22Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek - Drops0:02:01 
23Kate McIlroy (NZl) Specialized Women's Racing  
24Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:02:02 
25Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:02:04 
26Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster International0:02:06 
27Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High50:02:12 
28Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek - Drops  
29Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:02:15 
30Linda Villumsen (NZl) Team Virtu Cycling0:02:16 
31Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:02:20 
32Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High50:02:24 
33Lauren Kitchen (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
34Maeve Plouffe (Aus) TIS Racing0:02:29 
35Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:02:30 
36Georgia Baker (Aus) TIS Racing0:02:34 
37Jessica Mundy (Aus) TIS Racing0:02:37 
38Rachel Neylan (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:02:38 
39Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:02:39 
40Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:02:47 
41Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air  
42Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:02:49 
43Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
44Scotti Lechuga-Wilborn (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:02:55 
45Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:03:02 
46Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:03:05 
47Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
48Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High50:03:08 
49Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Wiggle High50:03:09 
50Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:03:51 
51Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
52Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:03:59 
53Molly Weaver (GBr) Trek - Drops0:04:11 
54Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:04:34 
55Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
56Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) Maaslandster International0:05:12 
57Lauretta Hanson (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:06:34 
58Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:13:48 
59Margot Clyne (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air  
60Kristina Clonan (Aus) TIS Racing  
61Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:13:50 
62Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink0:13:51 
63Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling  
64Carlee Taylor (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing  
65Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:15:53 
66Megan Scott (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:17:14 
67Rylee McMullen (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:18:23 
68Georgia Whitehouse (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:18:52 
69Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:18:36 
70Holly Breck (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:18:38 
71Angela Smith (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:18:39 
72Danielle Morshead (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air  
73Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:18:51 
74Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
75Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek - Drops0:18:56 
76Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink  
77Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink0:19:04 
78Annasley Park (GBr) Trek - Drops  
OTLYasue Nakahara (Jpn) Maaslandster International  
DNFKatia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
DNFRippon Lydia (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team  
DNFJer Ling Serene Lee (Sin) Maaslandster International  
DNFKimberley Wells (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing  
DNFBreanna Hargrave (Aus) TIS Racing  
Sprint 1 – Junction Rd, Nairne, km.81.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Linda Villumsen (NZl) Team Virtu Cycling5 pts
2Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott3 
3Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling2 
Finishline
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott16 pts
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling12 
3Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing8 
4Katrin Garfoot (Aus) UniSA-Australia6 
5Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott5 
6Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank4 
7Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team3 
8Grace Anderson (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team2 
Mountain 1 (Cat. 1) Comet Mine Climb – Tischer Rd, Hahndorf, km. 120.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott16 pts
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling12 
3Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing8 
4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott6 
5Katrin Garfoot (Aus) UniSA-Australia4 
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott9:39:52 
2Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:29 
3Katrin Garfoot (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:30 
4Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:01:36 
5Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing0:01:54 
6Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott0:02:07 
7Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:02:09 
8Kate McIlroy (NZl) Specialized Women's Racing0:02:25 
9Grace Anderson (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:02:42 
10Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:02:46 
11Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:02:49 
12Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek - Drops  
13Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:02:54 
14Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:03:03 
15Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling0:03:13 
16Linda Villumsen (NZl) Team Virtu Cycling0:03:15 
17Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini0:03:19 
18Sharlotte Lucas (NZl) Specialized Women's Racing0:03:25 
19Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek - Drops0:03:26 
20Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5  
21Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink0:03:29 
22Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek - Drops0:03:31 
23Lauren Kitchen (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:03:40 
24Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High50:03:56 
25Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:04:07 
26Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:04:13 
27Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:04:14 
28Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cub) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:04:16 
29Georgia Baker (Aus) TIS Racing0:04:18 
30Deborah Paine (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:04:20 
31Rachel Neylan (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
32Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High50:04:36 
33Maeve Plouffe (Aus) TIS Racing0:04:39 
34Scotti Lechuga-Wilborn (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:04:50 
35Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
36Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:04:57 
37Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:05:10 
38Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster International0:05:26 
39Jessica Mundy (Aus) TIS Racing0:05:31 
40Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High50:05:32 
41Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:05:37 
42Molly Weaver (GBr) Trek - Drops0:05:41 
43Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:05:42 
44Erica Clevenger (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air  
45Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:06:00 
46Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
47Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:06:07 
48Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:06:21 
49Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Wiggle High50:06:49 
50Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:07:29 
51Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) Maaslandster International0:08:07 
52Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling0:08:24 
53Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:08:33 
54Lauretta Hanson (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:09:25 
55Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:12:33 
56Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:14:39 
57Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink0:15:54 
58Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:16:18 
59Kristina Clonan (Aus) TIS Racing0:16:58 
60Carlee Taylor (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing0:16:59 
61Margot Clyne (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:17:56 
62Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling0:18:21 
63Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:19:15 
64Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:20:06 
65Megan Scott (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:20:42 
66Georgia Whitehouse (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:20:54 
67Holly Breck (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling0:22:01 
68Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink0:22:55 
69Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek - Drops  
70Louise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:23:25 
71Rylee McMullen (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:23:58 
72Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:24:02 
73Angela Smith (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:24:35 
74Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling0:26:47 
75Danielle Morshead (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:29:21 
76Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink0:31:39 
77Annasley Park (GBr) Trek - Drops0:35:25 
78Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling Team0:39:01 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott27 pts
2Katrin Garfoot (Aus) UniSA-Australia22 
3Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High521 
4Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling17 
5Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott17 
6Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini12 
7Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling12 
8Linda Villumsen (NZl) Team Virtu Cycling10 
9Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing8 
10Lauretta Hanson (Aus) UniSA-Australia8 
11Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling7 
12Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott6 
13Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott6 
14Kate McIlroy (NZl) Specialized Women's Racing5 
15Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank4 
16Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank4 
17Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team3 
18Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink3 
19Grace Anderson (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team2 
20Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek - Drops2 
21Kristina Clonan (Aus) TIS Racing2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott24 pts
2Katrin Garfoot (Aus) UniSA-Australia22 
3Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott13 
4Lauren Stephens (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling12 
5Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott12 
6Kate McIlroy (NZl) Specialized Women's Racing11 
7Grace Brown (Aus) Holden Team Gusto Racing8 
8Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank6 
9Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Grace Anderson (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team9:42:34 
2Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:00:12 
3Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek - Drops0:00:44 
4Deborah Paine (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team0:01:38 
5Maeve Plouffe (Aus) TIS Racing0:01:57 
6Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:02:15 
7Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:02:28 
8Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster International0:02:44 
9Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Wiggle High50:04:07 
10Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink0:13:12 
11Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:13:36 
12Kristina Clonan (Aus) TIS Racing0:14:16 
13Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling0:24:05 
14Danielle Morshead (USA) Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:26:39 
15Annasley Park (GBr) Trek - Drops0:32:43 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton Scott29:03:41 
2Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:04:29 
3Specialized Women's Racing0:04:34 
4Uni-SA Australia0:05:35 
5Trek - Drops0:05:41 
6Vantage New Zealand National Team0:05:51 
7Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:05 
8Wiggle High50:08:06 
9Ale Cipollini0:08:43 
10Twenty20 p/b Sho - Air0:09:01 
11TIS Racing0:10:23 
12Team Virtu Cycling0:10:54 
13Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:11:19 
14BePink0:38:13 
15Sydney Uni-Staminade Women's Cycling1:01:33 

 

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