Words by Maria David
Things have been going well for Lizzie Deignan lately. After a frustrating start to her 2017 season in which she had to overcome various bugs, Lizzie enjoyed success at the Spring Classics races – third place on the gravel roads of Strade Bianche in Tuscany, a trio of second places in the Netherlands and Belgium at Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallone, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
This was followed by an emotional victory at the Asda Tour de Yorkshire, in which she finished well clear of the field in Harrogate near her home town of Otley.
We caught up with Lizzie at the launch of her autobiography, “Steadfast”, in which she reflected on her season. Speaking to Total Women’s Cycling, Lizzie said, “Things have been going well, and I was very happy with the three second places in a row that I got at Amstel, Fleche and Liege Bastogne Liege as I hadn’t been expecting to be that good, after all the colds I’d had!”
Given that Lizzie has had wins at Women’s World Tour events in the past, some questioned why she would be satisfied with second place. In fact, Lizzie came second to her Boels-Dolmans teammate Anna van der Breggen after a plan in which both riders would be the team leaders.