Lizzie Deignan and Amy Pieters celebrate on last day of OVO Energy Women's Tour
Jun 16 2019 03:24 am CET

Lizzie Deignan and Amy Pieters celebrate on last day of OVO Energy Women's Tour
Lizzie Deignan and Amy Pieters celebrate on last day of OVO Energy Women's Tour
OVO Energy Women's Tour

Boels-Dolmans' Amy Pieters has won the last stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour. Lizzi Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) crossed the finish line with the peloton and confirmed the overall lead of the general classification.

The seventh stage of the British WorldTour race was 125.9 kilometres long between Carmarthen and Pembrey Country Park over a route that featured one climb of the first category in the middle. A compact peloton arrived to the last kilometre and Pieters was the fastest rider to cross the finish line, ahead of Sunweb's Leah Kirchmann and Movistar's Roxane Fournier.

Deignan arrived to the end of the stage with the peloton and became the first rider to win the OVO Energy Women's Tour more than once and after the year she took to become a mother. "It means a huge amount," she explained. "I think the last time I came here I was probably one of the favourites to win the race – this time I wasn't a favourite, so it was a different experience. It was totally a team experience.

"I won through just grit and determination. I'm away from my daughter for a reason. I'm here to do a job and I've got a fantastic team around me. I don't want to let them down. It's a huge honour. I'm just delighted, lost for words really. The perspective you gain from having a year out of the sport is amazing. My attitude is just about enjoying it, I've never had that attitude before and it's really paying dividends. I'm in the best team in the world I feel like from a support perspective and just the women around me just lift me up."

Canyon-SRAM's Kasia Niewiadoma and Pieters completed the podium of the British race, while Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) and Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) took the fourth and fifth places of the General Classification.



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