Lizzie Deignan wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege: We've been waiting to win a classic like this
Oct 04 2020 10:36 pm CET

Lizzie Deignan wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege: We've been waiting to win a classic like this
Lizzie Deignan wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege: We've been waiting to win a classic like this
Trek-Segafredo Women's team by © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan has taken a solo victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

The former World Champion attacked from a nine-rider breakaway on La Redoute climb and managed to ride the last 30 kilometres by herself, maintaining always a good distance with chaser Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott).

"I just felt the moment, and I think that comes from having confidence of being in this team and having directors who allow us to race on instinct," said Deignan. "The nicest thing about this team is that we're allowed to race on instinct and not to fear failure.

"It was Ellen who said to me: 'Lizzie, you have to go on La Redoute' and I did, and didn't look back, and I just won. [I knew I had won] In the last 500 meters. It was really close, Grace Brown was coming up really hot behind me, and I knew how good of a time trialist she is, and I was getting more and more legless. In the end, I started to try and chase the motorbikes in front of me rather than think about her behind me because mentally, it cracks you if you think like that."

In the end, Deignan crossed the finish line nine seconds ahead Brown and two minutes and 19 seconds ahead Ellen van Dijk. "I'm just really delighted!" the British rider added. "It's been an up and down year for everybody, personally and professionally, and credit to my teammates, staff, and sponsors that I'm just able to focus on being a professional athlete because there are so many other things just now that are so difficult. This is the simple part, and I'm supported by the best team in the world, so I feel lucky.

"We've been waiting to win a classic like this, and I think we've been almost there so many times. I just had the perfect team today. This is for the team; this is a Trek-Segafredo win."






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