Amanda Spratt took the lead, Lotta Henttala 3rd in sprint classification
Defending champion Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) took the opportunity to move into the lead of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under rather than having the pressure to do it in the queen stage to Stirling. The Australian national champion outsprinted her two breakaway companions, Germany’s Liane Lippert (Team Sunweb) and American national champion Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo), in Birdwood.“We had a really strong team today,”Spratt noted. “The girls gave me an excellent lead out going into the final climb. We made the race really hard. We had three out of five riders in the front group, just trying to get rid of the others. On paper, Ruth [Winder] and Liane[Lippert]were faster than me but it was such a hard race and I know I have a good sprint in such a situation.”
Finnish girl Lotta Henttala (Trek Segafredo) finished today in a group loosing 4m48s to the winner, but holds on to the 3rd position in the points classification. Tomorrow is again a hard day, ment for climbers again.
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