Amanda Spratt sprints to victory in Emakumeen Bira and takes GC lead
May 24 2019 03:45 am CET

Amanda Spratt sprints to victory in Emakumeen Bira and takes GC lead
Amanda Spratt sprints to victory in Emakumeen Bira and takes GC lead
Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Amanda Spratt has sprinted to victory at the second stage of Emakumeen Bira. The rider is defending her title and this win puts her at the top of the overall classification.

The second day at the Spanish race took the peloton through a 110-kilometre route from Adunda to Amasa that included two climbs of the third category. The pack stayed together for the first climb, but the second climb brought more activity and a group that included Annemiek van Vleuten managed to break free.

But the quality of the escape, made the peloton move quickly and soon the escape was over. After that, there were several attacks of riders like Malgorzata Jasinska and Lucy Kennedy, but everything came back together with 30 kilometres to go.

The last kilometres were active but everything came down to a final sprint, in which Spratt showed to have the better legs by crossing the finish line ahead Soraya Paladin and Mavi Garcia. "I'm so, so happy today, the team were absolutely amazing!" said the rider of Mitchelton-Scott. "We came to the Basque Country earlier and we knew the stages and the girls said they really wanted to back me today and they did an amazing job, there was no way I couldn't win after the work that they did.

"Annemiek and I have a really great relationship, we have so much respect for each other and I know I've worked many times for her to get the victory and it's really nice that she's more than happy to work for me here. It's amazing to have the world number one working for me. I feel confident for what's to come, so far my legs have been really good and as I said, we've seen the courses for tomorrow and the next day, we know they're both really, really hard, but again we have really good options in our team. Annemiek is obviously racing really well and also Lucy Kennedy, we think there could be big time splits so it's good that we have options.







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