The British Olympian, and team Boels-Dolmans cyclist, Lizzie Deignan (formerly Armitstead), has announced the upcoming release of her long-awaited autobiography.

It has been no secret that the road champion has been working away on a book for some time now, and while we had hoped to see its release in the summer of last year, things didn't really go according to plan for the athlete.

With the days counting down to the Rio Olympic games, Lizzie Deignan was accused of anti-doping violations. With investigations resulting in no infractions whatsoever, what should have been an exciting time for Deignan was shrouded in public doubt.

Following the games, Deignan decided to focus her attention on her upcoming marriage to fellow professional cyclist, Philip Deignan. Needless to say, the autobiography was postponed so attention could be focused on more pressing excitement.

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But now the dust has settled, and the winter training period is over, we're excited to learn that the Lizzie Deignan autobiography is available for pre-order, with a public release date of April 20th 2017. Entitled "Steadfast", you'll learn from the champion's perspective of going from World Champion, and darling of Team GB road cycling, to one of the most scrutinised athletes in British sport.

We're teased by descriptions that promise to reveal some true and candid insight into the heart of professional cycling: the challenges faced, sexism and the fight for equality, to doping and the incredible sacrifices required to self-coach herself to world titles.

You can pre-order your hardback copy here for £17, but you'll have to wait another month before you can lose yourself in the world of a champion.