• Amanda Spratt contemplates the warm and windy day ahead as she signs on for Stage 2 of the 2019 Women's Tour Down Under. Image: Nat Bromhead.
    Amanda Spratt contemplates the warm and windy day ahead as she signs on for Stage 2 of the 2019 Women's Tour Down Under. Image: Nat Bromhead.
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Women's TDU: Amanda Spratt Wins On Mengler Hill And Moves Into Overall Lead

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Having won the past two editions off the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under - and clearly being in stunning form - Amanda Spratt was always going to be a favourite for the hilltop finish of Stage 2 of the race.

Despite strong winds, temperatures in the high 30’s, and that steep final ascent of Mengler Hill in the stunning Barossa Valley, Spratt didn’t disappoint. Crossing the line solo - some 39 seconds ahead of teammate Lucy Kennedy and more than a minute ahead of the leaders of the decimated field - the Mitchelton-Scott pocket rocket made light work of the climb to convincingly claim the stage win. Spratt was also awarded the ochre leaders jersey and now holds a 43 second lead in general classification.

Thanking her teammates, Spratt said whenever they ride so hard she wants want to finish it off strongly.

“We had a plan and when you can ride it to perfection as a team it just feels amazing,” she said.

“We had Grace Brown do a fantastic job in the three or four kilometres before the climb and then Lucy hit it.  I had instructions to attack and bring no one with me so that’s what I did.”

Despite going into Stage 3 with a 43 second lead, Spratt said the race was far from over.

“Obviously today was a great day for us and puts us in the good position but we know tomorrow is still a tough day so we have to rest a little bit, celebrate a tiny bit and get ready for tomorrow,” she said.

Women’s Tour Down Under – Stage 2

1. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3:13:20

2. Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:39

3. Krista Doebel-Kickok (Rally UHC Cycling) +0:45

Women’s Tour Down Under – Top 3 after Stage 2

1. Amanda Spratt 6:23:38

2. Lucy Kennedy +0:43

3. Krista Doebel-Kickok +0:51

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