Dominant Spratt takes 2017 Santos Women’s Tour
18 Jan 17
By Josh Teakle
Amanda Spratt of Orica-SCOTT has won the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour by 25 seconds after looking unbeatable from day one.
The event was won on the first day when Spratt dominated the Hahndorf to Meadows stage.
Spratt’s superb hill climb up Paris Creek Road in the closing kilometres of the opening stage proved a crucial advantage in what was a very even race for GC honours.
The Australian said she and her Orica-SCOTT teammates planned to control the first stage, with the intention of making it a “one-stage race”.
“Day one set us up really well with the GC, the aim was to hold on to that,” Spratt said.
“The world’s best sprinters are at this race, so we knew we had two road races to make a mark and we definitely did that on the first day.”
Spratt completed the four stages in 6h69:36, 25 seconds ahead of Ale Cippolini’s Janneke Ensing. Cylance Racing’s Kirsten Wild was a further 15 seconds back in third.
After Saturday’s blistering finish in Meadows Spratt held the Santos Leader’s Jersey, the sprint jersey and the Subaru Queen of the Mountain Jersey.
Ale Cipollini’s Chloe Hosking eventually took sprint honours while Hosking’s teammate Janneke Ensing was strongest in the mountains.
Alexis Ryan from Canyon-SRAM finished the race in the Young Rider’s Jersey, edging out Ruth Winder of UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling.
After claiming the lead and retaining the jersey for the remaining three stages Spratt praised her teammates’ work during the race.
“It was our goal to keep this blue jersey and we have done it, it really was such a team performance,” Spratt said.
“I’m really happy to win the teams classification and stand on the podium with my team, that’s going to be a really special moment for me.”
Orica-SCOTT wins the Santos Women’s Tour for the third time in as many years, while the victory is Spratt’s first stage tour title since 2011.
“It’s been an interesting experience being in this position, usually I’m the one helping the GC leader and calming them down, so I have a lot more appreciation for them now,” Spratt said.