Amanda Spratt starts post-surgery rebuild at Santos Festival of Cycling

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 05 Amanda Spratt of Australia and Team BikeExchange prior to the 7th Ceratizit Challenge By La Vuelta 2021 Stage 4 a 1074 km at stage from As Pontes to Santiago de Compostela ChallengeVuelta CERATIZITChallenge21 on September 05 2021 in Santiago de Compostela Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images
Amanda Spratt at the Ceratizit Challenge in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It had been more than a year of doubts, frustrations and questions for Amanda Spratt, culminating in a Tokyo Olympic Games road race where, despite unrelenting hard work, medal hopes were replaced by a DNF. Discovering that the unexplained run of patchy form was down to Iliac artery endofibrosis late last year, however, delivered an explanation and a plan which means one of Australia’s top cyclists is now lining up at the Santos Festival of Cycling to begin her journey back toward the form that has seen her take to the podiums of some of the world’s toughest races.

After having surgery in the Netherlands to remedy the blood flow limiting condition in the middle of October and then enduring nine weeks of minimal activity – no easy feat for a long term cyclist – the long-term BikeExchange-Jayco rider was able to begin training in Australia late in December. 

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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.