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Spratt caps big cycling month with win

  • Spratt caps big cycling month with win

    GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Amanda Spratt of Orica-AIS rides during the Elite Women's road race at the 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on January 30, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images for 2016 Cadel Evans Grea

Australian road cycling champion Amanda Spratt has led an Orica-AIS quinella at the women's Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race.

Teammate and defending champion Rachel Neylan outsprinted British star Danielle King for second place.

Spratt made a solo run to victory after a classic one-two move from Orica-AIS at the key moment in the race.

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First, Neylan broke clear with about 23km left in the 113km race at Geelong.

She brought King's Australian teammate Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) with her.

Once the rapidly disintegrating chase group bridged the gap, Spratt attacked with 17km left.

As Neylan sat on, Hosking and King tried in vain to bridge the gap.

Spratt won by more than 30 seconds after winning her second Australian road title in January.

"It was painful, just trying to get over those final hills and the run-in to the finish was a headwind," she said.

"But when you have a team like that, you always know you just want to finish it off."

It has been an outstanding month of local racing for Orica-AIS - Kat Garfoot also won the Santos Women's Tour in Adelaide and Gracie Elvin took out the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic series.

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