Amanda Spratt leads Giro Donne GC charge for BikeExchange-Jayco

MALLABIA SPAIN MAY 14 Amanda Spratt of Australia and Team Bikeexchange Jayco prior to the 1st Itzulia Women 2022 Stage 2 a 1179km stage from Mallabia to Mallabia 262m ItzuliaWomen UCIWWT on May 14 2022 in Mallabia Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images
Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Amanda Spratt may have spent the early part of the season building form after iliac artery surgery but after a focussed training period the Australian rider will once again be leading BikeExchange-Jayco's GC challenge at the Giro d’Italia Donne.

However BikeExchange-Jayco is not going to be purely focussed on the GC with Spratt, who has twice stood on the overall podium while supporting former teammate Annemiek van Vleuten to victory. Georgia Baker and Kristen Faulkner, who will be making their Giro Donne debuts, are set to chase results as well. That’s likely to be evident right from the start on Thursday June 30, with the Cagliari

prologue, as both have shown their strong  form in the race against the clock at the Tour de Suisse, with Faulkner winning the stage 2 time trial while Baker came third.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.