Puzzled by a season of underperformance culminating in a disappointing Olympic Games in Tokyo, Amanda Spratt ( Team BikeExchange ) went looking for answers and found that this was far more than just a poorly timed patch of bad form after the Australian rider was diagnosed with Iliac artery endofibrosis.
Despite now facing surgery in the off-season and months off training the Australian rider – who has a silver and bronze World Championships medal and two Giro d’Italia Donne podium finishes – is pleased to see the end of almost a year of doubting and questioning herself.
“I definitely felt relieved to have an answer,” said Spratt in a statement. “For myself, but also for those closest to me who put so much time and effort into helping me try and be my best. It’s definitely been a struggle to race this year and to not know why I couldn’t be at my best.
“There is no linear progression with this condition. You are still able to have some good days littered amongst the bad days, but for me in the last months, as the condition worsened, I struggled to have many good days at all.
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