Amanda Spratt continues her amazing year, claiming the silver medal at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.
Spratt finished second behind world champion Anna van der Breggen (NED) who claimed a strong solo victory.
Spratt was well supported by the Australian team early on, including an impressive performance by Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate Lucy Kennedy, Spratt tapped onto a smart move on the first of three finishing laps.
The Australian joined four others to attack on the short but steep incline in the old town, away from the main climb, and bridged across to solo leader Coryn Rivera (USA).
“I’m definitely happy with the silver medal. I can be very proud of this.
"The Australian team did a very good job protecting me in the early laps. When I made my move, I was expecting the Dutch to come across and Anna [van der Breggen] came across.
"I just tried to hold her wheel as much as I could, which was maybe a little mistake. I probably could have stayed with her a little longer than I did but she was on another level today. She was so so strong…
"I’m glad to deliver a medal for the team. They’ve been supporting me, backing me since when the team was selected.”
#InnsbruckTirol2018: We're proud of our pocket rocket @AmandaSpratt 🥈👏🏼— Mitchelton-SCOTT (@MitcheltonSCOTT) September 29, 2018
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Annemiek Van Vleuten, Spratt's Mitchelton-Scott teammate, finished outside the medals in seventh and was injured after suffering a fall in the race.
Eminence fracture. Can't believe it. So many emotions now. Will heal, but will take time... (weeks). pic.twitter.com/DFhzDeKw9Y— Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) September 29, 2018