OVO Energy Women's Tour - Lizzie Deignan: I am not quite fast enough and second is the best I could do
Jun 12 2019 04:55 am CET

OVO Energy Women's Tour - Lizzie Deignan: I am not quite fast enough and second is the best I could do
OVO Energy Women's Tour - Lizzie Deignan: I am not quite fast enough and second is the best I could do
Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) took the second place of the second stage at the OVO Energy Women's Tour. The Briton climbed to the second position of the General Classification of the race.

With some bonus seconds she got in the intermediate sprints and the second place she took at the end of the stage, Deignan climbed 15 positions in the overall standings. She is one of the crowds' favourites and she arrived to the final metres with the main pack, but she couldn't match Marianne Vos' sprint that gave her the day's victory.

"We came to this race without a sprinter, so these first stages were always going to be a bit of a challenge," said the former World Champion. "When we saw the finish today, we thought it would suit a light sprinter like me. With the best lead out, I had the best chance, and an incredible lead out like that deserves the win, but I am not quite fast enough and second is the best I could do.

"I thought today would be a little more aggressive, but it was actually fairly straight forward. We knew we would go for the bonus seconds today, and because we sprinted for them, we knew the finish really well. Ina (Teutenberg, director) said in the radio ‘look girls, you were perfect in the intermediates, try it in the final,’ and so we did.

"I think this was a huge advantage against the pure sprinters who saved themselves for the finish because it was a technical final and we knew how to race it. Ellen (van Dijk) and Trixi (Worrack) did an amazing job in the lead out, I really have to thank them for that, and I started my sprint when I saw the orange bullet going in my peripheral vision. Today was a huge team effort, and that is always a great way to start the first days of a stage race."




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