Lizzie Deignan returns to winning ways in OVO Energy Women's Tour
Jun 15 2019 01:09 am CET

Lizzie Deignan returns to winning ways in OVO Energy Women's Tour
Lizzie Deignan returns to winning ways in OVO Energy Women's Tour
Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan

Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan has taken the victory of the fifth stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour. The rider also took the lead of the general classification at the end of the stage.

A hard day awaited the riders in the fifth stage of the British race, with a 140-kilometre route that included two climbs of the first category. Elisa Longo Borghini, Kasia Niewiadoma and Lizzie Deignan escaped in the last climb of the day and the trio arrived together to the finish line, where the winner of the 2016 edition of the race sprinted to victory.

"I kept looking over at Elisa (Longo Borghini), and she kept looking back at me," explained Deignan after the finish line. "We had an instinct, and that's developing, we are still new to racing with each other. I always knew we would have fun racing together, and it was one look, and I went, and she came, and Kasia could also follow."

"It was tough going, a typical Welsh climb: exposed and grippy and long. We knew there would be a stiff climb, uncategorized, after it, and it was great to have been given that insight and knowledge that was coming. The launch was on the [categorized] climb, but where we made the difference was on that steep section after."

The rider crossed the finish line ahead of Niewiadoma and Longo Borghini to claim her first victory in more than a year. "I was just thinking about the finish line; you don't really look behind at that point," she commented. "It obviously was for the GC and every second count, but in that time, I was thinking about the stage, to be honest.

"The win felt very emotional. It's a comeback after becoming a mom and finding my feet again in cycling has been difficult. Obviously, there's always been questions whether I made the right decision, but today was massive validation for that. My husband has been my rock, and I thought of him when I crossed the line."

Deignan leads the General Classification of the race and Niewiadoma is in the second position, one second behind the former World Champion with one stage to go.




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