Aus Road Race Champions - Spratt and Meyer
Newly crowned 2020 Australian road race champions Amanda Spratt and Cameron Meyer gathered today to debut their green and gold jerseys ahead of the Santos Town Down Under later this week.
Credit Russell Millard Photography / Mitchelton-SCOTT
Following the Olympic four-year cycle, Spratt claimed her third title (2012, 2016, 2020) on Sunday, whilst Meyer finally snagged the win he has been targeting for 12years.
2020 is the first time since 2014 that Mitchelton-SCOTT has held both the elite women's and men's Australian road race titles in the same year.
“I’m still really excited about the nationals, it’s still sinking in.
“I’ve gone back and watched the race again and re-lived it. Watching back on it I’m still really grateful to the team and appreciative, to Gracie Elvin for the work she did and especially Grace Brown. I saw how much she worked for me, how strong she looked.
“It’s special to wear the kit at the Tour Down Under. I got the kit already after the race on Sunday and tried it on. I didn’t ride yesterday so I was disappointed and tried it on again, and today I finally got to wear it out training.
“I’ve been national champion twice before but it’s not getting boring or old, in fact it’s even more special. The older you get, you realise that victories are harder to come by and I appreciate these moments even more now and I can’t wait to race.
“We have shown already, especially at nationals, that we have a really strong team. Grace was really strong, Lucy is going well too, she was behind at the nationals being a pest which was great for us. We have three really strong riders on the team and I can’t see any other teams that have three strong cards like ours, so it’s going to be a numbers game.
“You can’t just look at one point on the course and think that’s where it’s going to be won. It’s a dynamic course, but we rode stages two and three today so we know that they are both tough, that there are plenty of opportunities and we want a hard race regardless.”
“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. 12 years was a long time to wait so it’s going to take a little bit longer to sink in. I think I will have to get out there racing, for people to see me racing in the jersey with a home crowd and then it’ll sink in.
“It means a lot to wear the jersey here. The Tour Down Under has a big history with me as well, winning it in 2011. I love coming back to this race, and the whole Australian summer of cycling, so to wear this jersey in the months of January and February here in Australia is amazing.
“The final Sunday will be pretty amazing. It will be very cool to go up Willunga on Australia Day with the jersey and hopefully we’ve got an ochre jersey in the team as well which would make it even more special.
“You can expect everything at the Tour Down Under. It’s definitely fast racing. It’s not a parade anymore, people come here to chase success and to chase WorldTour points and it’s a prestigious race on the calendar.
“We want to start the season well and I think bringing Simon Yates out will bring an added dimension to our team with the two hill-top finishes that we might not have had in the past.
“Then we’ve also got Daryl Impey who can do anything in Australia in January. He is the two-time defending champ and I’m sure he will be looking for his third and we’ve got a super strong squad to support him.”