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Spratt looks ahead after Tokyo setback

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Australian cycling star Amanda Spratt remains focused on next year's home world titles and then the Paris Olympics, despite the need for an extended break.

The 34-year-old has had tests in the wake of her shock DNF at the Tokyo Olympic road race and they revealed health problems that will mean a couple of months off the bike.

But one of Australia's most accomplished road riders is upbeat about the next few years.

Spratt would not explain her health issues, saying her BikeExchange team would make a statement soon.

She still raced at the weekend's world road championships in a support role.

"I have had several tests done since (Tokyo) and I do have some medical problems at the moment, but I'm not ready to release details of that yet," she told AAP.

"The Olympics were really disappointing. We reviewed the Olympics and said 'what would I change?' and the answer was nothing.

"We couldn't get any answers.

"We have found something, but I would not be racing at worlds if I didn't think I could still fulfil my role for the team."

Spratt is normally the leader of the Australian women's road team - she finished second at the 2018 worlds and was third in 2019 - but she said the Flanders course did not suit her strengths.

"It's a different role ... but I really enjoy the whole team aspect of cycling and for me, it's really important that leaders are giving back to the team and acknowledging when the course is not for them," Spratt said before finishing 93rd in Saturday's race.

While 2021 is a write-off for Spratt, she is buoyed by her string of big results over the past few years and is confident her best is still yet to come.

"There were big disappointment this year and it hasn't been the year I wanted, definitely ... that's been something hard to deal with," she said.

"But I feel really confident my best years are still ahead of me and I feel really motivated."

Her immediate goal will be next year's road worlds in Wollongong.

The Penrith native has done plenty of training in the area and she hopes for a tough course that suits her climbing strengths.

But she noted with a smile that compatriot and sprint ace Caleb Ewan is also a local rider.

"The thing is, we have me and then we have Caleb Ewan - is it for Caleb or is it for Spratty?" she said.

"I spent more time there growing up."

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