Women’s TDU shines as Spratt wins crown

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AF­TER pow­er­ing 400km along some of SA’s most pic­turesque but bru­tal roads, Amanda Spratt has won the San­tos Women’s Tour Down Un­der, which burst on to the scene this year with grow­ing crowds and more in­ter­na­tional teams.

In an ac­tion-packed fi­nale, Chloe Hosking won yes­ter­day’s fi­nal stage, a 46km sprint course around the Ade­laide park­lands, but Spratt pre­vailed with the best over­all time.

Hosking made a per­fectly timed move in the cri­terium, while fel­low Aus­tralian Spratt sur­vived a mid-race crash to claim the tour honours.

The green sprinter’s jer­sey also went to Spratt.

More than 100 women from all over the world com­peted in the Tour, trav­el­ling through 32 towns. Yes­ter­day more than 100,000 peo­ple gath­ered in Ade­laide CBD to watch the men and women com­pete.

South Aus­tralia’s An­nette Ed­mond­son won the 115.7km first stage, catch­ing Uni SAAus­tralia’s Rachel Ney­lan in the fi­nal 5km. Stage 2 went to Ka­trin Gar­foot while even­tual win­ner Spratt won Stage 3.

In Stage 4, Hosking un­leashed her pow­er­ful sprint to win from Ital­ian Gior­gia Bronzini and Ed­mond­son. PAGES 50, 51: COM­PRE­HEN­SIVE COV­ER­AGE OF ALL THE RACE AC­TION IN SPORT

Pic­ture: SARAH REED

GLORY: Chloe Hosking on the line.

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