Lo­cal knowl­edge gets Deignan over the line

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

LIZZIE Deignan re­vealed she used lo­cal knowl­edge to defy her race di­rec­tor and solo to vic­tory in the Women’s Tour de York­shire in Har­ro­gate.

Deignan, a for­mer world cham­pion who is mar­ried to Ir­ish cy­clist Philip Deignan, at­tacked out of the break­away with 13.5 kilo­me­tres left of the 122.5km stage from Tad­caster, but only after be­ing told by her Boels Dol­mans team to sit up and wait for a sprint fin­ish.

The Ot­ley rider de­cided she knew bet­ter and pushed on, win­ning by 55 sec­onds from a chas­ing pack.

Deignan had been out in front along with team-mate Anna van der Breggen, the Olympic and Euro­pean cham­pion, and Bri­tish rider Dani King of Cy­lance, but a lead that had been close to two min­utes had been halved with 30km to go.

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