Paris-Roubaix Femmes - Lizzie Deignan: I'm so proud that women's cycling is on the world stage now
Oct 03 2021 10:34 pm CET

Paris-Roubaix Femmes - Lizzie Deignan: I'm so proud that women's cycling is on the world stage now
Paris-Roubaix Femmes - Lizzie Deignan: I'm so proud that women's cycling is on the world stage now
Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan has entered the cycling history books by winning the first edition ever of Paris-Roubaix Femmes.

The Briton attacked with 80 kilometres to go, and this was enough for her to climb to the highest step of the race podium. The rider crossed solo the finish line, more than a minute ahead of Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and her teammate Elisa Longo Borghini.

"I feel very emotional," said Deignan. "I don't know, I am just really proud. Sorry, not the best quote, but I am just so happy. I cannot believe it happened. At the start of the day we said, 'you know the rulebook: anything can happen'. I was just fighting to those first cobble sections, and I knew that Ellen (van Dijk), one of our leaders, was not in such a good position. And I though well if at least I am there I can cover something. And when I looked behind no one was there, and I thought 'well at least then they have to chase.

"I was really riding with the insurance that Ellen, Elisa (Longo Borghini), and Audrey (Cordon-Ragot) were behind me. We had the best team in the race and that's why I won. I didn't know I was going to win until I entered the velodrome! Because honestly, I couldn't hear anything, my legs were cramping, and I knew that even on the last section you could lose two minutes if you cramp and blow up. I really just tried to keep a regular pace. At this point in the season, I am tired, and I knew the best thing for me was to keep this steady pace and keep in front as long as I could.

"We didn't have a chance to dream for so long; it's always been a men's race, and I am just so proud of this is where we are, that women's cycling is on the world stage now. I am proud that my daughter can look at the [cobblestone trophy]. She doesn't just have to watch men on the TV anymore, were here, and we're representing and it's thanks to support from people like those in Trek-Segafredo that we're here. We need people that support women's cycling and believe in us. I am just so grateful for all these people – and all those at home watching today, you make a difference too. So thank you."
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