Amanda Spratt is revelling in the opportunity to compete for a fourth overall title at the Women’s Tour Down Under as the race embarks on its first-ever foray on the Women’s WorldTour. Lining up with her new team, Trek-Segafredo, Spratt told Cyclingnews , that it was ‘about time’ her marquee home stage race officially broke through to the top-tier series in women’s pro cycling.
"I think it’s amazing that Tour Down Under has been upgraded. We kind of say ‘finally’ because it’s been such a big race for so many years without being on the WorldTour," Spratt told Cyclingnews .
"We always said it’s really professional, and we have the coverage and that sort of thing. It’s almost, like, about time. It’s pleasing to see it will be WorldTour, especially now, with both the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans’ races both WorldTour. I think it will raise the level of the racing."
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It’s been a 12-year build toward the Women’s Tour Down Under upgrading to the WorldTour . It started in 2011 with a series of criteriums and then grew each year until it joined the National Series in 2015 and then the UCI’s international calendar as a 2.2 event in 2016, won by Katrin Garfoot.
Spratt won her first overall title in 2017 and then won again after it […]