Local knowledge gets Deignan over the line
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.