OVO Energy Women's Tour - Lizzie Deignan: We'll be aggressive and make the racing interesting
Jun 10 2019 02:55 am CET

OVO Energy Women's Tour - Lizzie Deignan: We'll be aggressive and make the racing interesting
OVO Energy Women's Tour - Lizzie Deignan: We'll be aggressive and make the racing interesting
Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan

Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan is prepared to face the OVO Energy Women's Tour, a race that is special to her. The former World Champion anticipates a difficult competition in Great Britain.

This is the fifth race of the rider in Trek-Segafredo's colours and after taking a year off to become a mother. The rider is now ready to start in the sixth stages of a race that she won in 2016.

"I think like always we're going to have to be very prepared for the unpredictability of the stages," Deignan commented. "The only thing we can be sure of is that the first stage is flat and from there on in we have to be prepared for anything because I think those Welsh stages will be really difficult.

"I think our team is really focused on having the opportunity every night on TV to showcase Women's cycling; we'll be aggressive and make the racing interesting, and normally that leads to victory."

Deignan had planned to make her return in this race of her country, but she's glad she could test her legs earlier in the season. "This race was my first idea of when I would return to racing so I've come back earlier than expected, and thank goodness because this would be a pretty brutal beginning.

"I'm going to take a rest after this race, so this is the last block of racing for me before I have a rest."

The British won the OVO Energy Women's Tour in 2016 and she looks back to that moment with joy. "I think winning overall for me was a huge deal," Deignan explained. "I'd never won a stage race before – I barely finish stage races normally, so to finish it and win it was very special.

"I think I probably had some of the strongest legs of my career at the Women's Tour that year, and to race in front of a British crowd is always incredibly special for me."


Trek-Segafredo's roster for the OVO Energy Women's Tour (10th to 15th of June):

Elizabeth Deignan
Abigail Van Twisk
Elisa Longo Borghini
Anna Plichta
Ellen van Dijk
Trixi Worrack




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