Spratt focused on Women's Tour Down Under defence

Amanda Spratt in yellow at the Bay Crits

Amanda Spratt says that the Santos Women's Tour Down Under is again a "big target" for her this season. The 31-year-old Australian heads to the four-day stage race next week – which runs from January 10-13 – as the defending champion, having also won in 2017. Spratt will head up a strong six-rider Mitchelton-Scott team that also includes Gracie Elvin , new signing Grace Brown and New Zealand's Georgia Williams , who successfully defended her national time trial title on Friday morning. "Returning to a race as the defending champion is great – even more so when it's in Australia in front of a home crowd," Spratt said in a press release. "I haven't returned to many races as a defending champion, so it definitely makes this Tour Down Under even more special for me. "I can't wait to be back in Adelaide. I have such great memories from this ...

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