Spratt and Meyer reveal the Australian champion shirts before the Tour Down Under

The Mitchelton-Scott duo of Cameron Meyer and Amanda Spratt has presented the national champions’ jerseys they will wear during 2020, starting with the Tour Down Under.

The couple won the elite national racing titles for men and women over the weekend, Meyer for the first time in his career, Spratt for the third.

After they both put on a ‘green and gold’ national champion shirt for the podium ceremony, Mitchelton-Scott has produced versions of commercial equipment, complete with sponsor logos.

The team’s standard shirt is black and yellow, but Meyer and Spratt’s shirts are white, with gold sleeves and green and gold horizontal bands on the chest.

“I got the kit after Sunday’s race and I tried it. I didn’t run yesterday, so I was disappointed and tried it again, and today I was finally able to wear out the training,” Spratt said.

“I’ve been a national champion twice before, but it’s not getting boring or old, in fact it’s even more special. The older you get, you realize that victories are harder to get and I appreciate these moments even more now. and I can’t wait to run. “

Meyer, who was tearful on the podium after a long search for the national title, said: “I don’t think it’s sunk yet. 12 years was a long wait, so it will take a little longer to sink.” indoors. I think I will have to run for people to see me running in the shirt with a local crowd and then it will sink. “

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Tour Down Under

Both Spratt and Meyer will debut the new kit in the Tour Down Under. The four-stage women’s race starts on Thursday, while the six-stage men’s race starts next Tuesday.

Meyer, who won the Tour Down Under in 2011, ranks as part of a strong Mitchelton-Scott team featuring Daryl Impey, winner of the last two editions, and Simon Yates, winner of the Tour of Spain 2018. Luke Durbridge , the recently crowned Australian time trial champion, is also present, along with Jack Bauer, Lucas Hamilton and Michael Hepburn.

“It means a lot to wear the shirt here. The Tour Down Under also has a great story with me, winning it in 2011. I love going back to this race and the whole Australian cycling summer, so wear this shirt in the months of January and February here in Australia it’s amazing, “said Meyer.

“The last Sunday will be quite surprising. It will be great to go up to Willunga on Australia day with the shirt and, hopefully, we also have an ocher shirt on the team, which would make it even more special.”

“We want to start the season well and I think taking out Simon Yates will bring an additional dimension to our team with the two finishes on the top of the hill that we might not have had in the past. Then we also have Daryl Impey that can do anything in Australia in January. He’s the two-time defending champion and I’m sure he will look for his third and we have a super strong squad to support him. “

As for Spratt, the 32-year-old woman will pursue her fourth consecutive title of the Tour Down Under, although the absence of a large climb makes the 2020 route less favorable for her.

She is ranked as part of a Mitchelton-Scott lineup that also includes Grace Brown, who was third in the nationals, and Lucy Kennedy.

“We have already shown, especially in the nationals, that we have a really strong team. Grace was very strong, Lucy is also good, she was behind the nationals, being a plague that was great for us. We have three really strong runners.” on the team and I can’t see any other team that has three strong cards like ours, so it will be a numbers game, “said Spratt.

“You cannot just look at a point in the course and think that it is where you will win. It is a dynamic course, but we have gone through stages two and three today, so we know that both are difficult, that there are a lot of opportunities and we want a hard race independently. “

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