Lizzie Deignan continued her sensational return to cycling by riding at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Olympic silver medallist and Cycleplan ambassador Lizzie battled the elements to finish 28th place on Saturday at 3-54 down and 29th overall. Lizzie gave us her exclusive reaction to the race and how she’s feeling ahead of the UCI World Road Championships.
How does the competition compare to what you expected?
The race went as I expected. I knew it would be a really tough couple of days, I expected to suffer on the second day of the race as I haven’t raced back to back in such a long time.
Has anything taken you by surprise since you returned to racing?
I think the women’s peloton is stronger than before I became pregnant, but that is a really positive thing. There is no dominant team, which makes for exciting racing.
What was it like returning to Yorkshire?
I really enjoyed racing at home, I am a proud Yorkshirewoman, so I really felt lucky to experience a true home crowd.
How did the hill at stage one feel?
The hill on stage one was a climb I have done so many times when training from my parents’ house. There are harder climbs in the area, so the organisers went easy on us really! Day 2’s climbs were much tougher.
How are you feeling about the UCI Road World Championships?
Really excited and optimistic about my chances. There were some really strong performances from GB women this spring so I think we will have a strong team too.
Do you look ahead to particular races or is it a case of taking each race as it comes?
At the moment, my races are all about gaining race rhythm and speed, I will not have any specific targets until much closer to September.
What recovery methods have you used to recuperate between races and how difficult is it to recover after a long time out?
Recovering is the same as it always has been, except I have to factor in taking care of my daughter too. At the moment, it is relatively easy to manage, as Orla is sleeping well and she is happy most of the time. Things will get harder once she starts to crawl, though – she’s not far off!
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