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by Shane Stokes
October 7, 2017
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Amanda Spratt has been with Orica-Scott for five years, ever since the team’s’ inaugural year in 2012, and she isn’t leaving anytime soon. The 30-year-old signed on for another year, continuing with a team she has grown and developed with.
In a recurring trend, riders on Orica-Scott have commented about feeling at home on the Australian team, and Spratt is no different. “I have been with the team since it first started in 2012 and it’s really become like a family to me,” said Spratt. “Of course you always wonder about change and look at options but this year there was a real sense of excitement for what the team is creating for next season.”
A former two-time National Champion and significant team player, Spratt believes 2017 was one of her best seasons yet. “This year really felt like a year where I made some big steps forward. Having some big goals like the Giro-Rosa really challenged me. At first it was a case of training to be in the best position possible to support Annemiek (Van Vleuten) but during the Giro-Rosa we realised that my shape was really good and I could be there in most of the finals.”
“We are very excited to have Amanda back in the team for 2018,” said directeur sportif Gene Bates. “Amanda has had the best season of her career this year and provides not only a great option in the tougher races, but fulfils a vital leadership role within the team.
“Amanda continues to develop each season and next year we will see her shaping up as one of our crucial riders in the toughest one-day and stage races. We are very proud and happy to continue our commitment and relationship with Spratty and can’t wait to see her in the team colours again next year.”
Click through to read the full release on the Orica-Scott site.