Current and three-time Australian champion Amanda Spratt will step up as the main leader of Mitchelton-SCOTT over the next two years following a new contract agreement.
As the only remaining inaugural rider, Spratt will extend her relationship with Australia’s only WorldTour team to 11 years by the conclusion of 2022.
Since 2012, the 32-year-old has taken 19 professional victories, twice podiumed at the world championships (2018 and 2019) and finished in the top-5 overall at the only women’s Grand Tour, the Giro Rosa, for the last three editions.
Requesting greater responsibility, Spratt will not only continue as the team’s captain on the road, she will also revel in more leadership opportunities as she hunts for even greater results over the next couple of seasons.
“I feel like I am at a point in my career where I am really ready to take on the leadership role. It’s going to come with more pressure, but I think I am ready for that. In the chances I have had to be the leader, I have done a good job so it’s the next progression for me.
“I’m hoping to win races for the team and to still help my teammates win races too. I always have my eyes set on the Ardennes Classics and the Giro Rosa is also a race I want to target and win for the team. I’m really looking forward to turning some of those top-five results into wins and paying back the team’s faith in me.
“It means a lot to stay. I have been here since the start in 2012 and it really has become like a family to me. I am always looking for an environment where I am happy, where I am challenged and where I am also progressing, and I feel like I’m hitting my best years in the last couple of years and I really believe this is the best place to continue that.
“I want to be more confident in myself sometimes, saving energy for that moment when I know I can win and having a great team around me. I’m confident that it’s going to be really exciting next year to see what we can do.”
Gerry Ryan – Team Owner:
“Amanda is one of the inaugural members of GreenEDGE Cycling and her contribution to the team, both on and off the bike, is unparalleled. She is the perfect representative of who we are and what we are about.
“She has delivered results for us from our very first national championships, and to watch her continue grow over the past nine years into the world-class rider we see today has been extremely satisfying.
“The past two years, in particular, Amanda has shown she can match it with the best – world championship medals don’t come easily – and we’re confident that our additional support and faith in her at the biggest races over the coming two years will be thoroughly rewarded.”
Date of Birth: 17th September 1987 (32)
Joined Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2012
New contract: 2021-2022
• 3 x Australian champion (road race)
• 3 x Tour Down Under champion
• 2nd 2018 World Championships (road race)
• 3rd 2019 World Championships (road race)