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BRI­TISH rider Lizzie Deignan clinched vic­tory in the OVO En­ergy Women’s Tour with the small­est win­ning mar­gin in the his­tory of the race.

The 30-year-old for­mer Olympic sil­ver medal­list and world cham­pion from Otley took the win af­ter beat­ing Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma by just two sec­onds.

Deignan, who fin­ished eighth on the con­clud­ing stage from Car­marthen to Pem­brey Coun­try Park, headed into Satur­day in pos­ses­sion of the green jersey, fresh from her first win since re­turn­ing from ma­ter­nity leave.

She now has her first ti­tle since giv­ing birth to daugh­ter Orla nine months ago and also be­comes the first cy­clist to win the event twice, adding to her 2016 triumph.

“It means a huge amount,” said Deignan, who only re­turned from ma­ter­nity leave in April.

“I think the last time I came here I was prob­a­bly one of the favourites to win the race and this time I wasn’t a favourite, so it was a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence. It was just grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion. I’m away from my daugh­ter for a rea­son, I’m here to do a job. I’ve got a fan­tas­tic team around me that I didn’t want to let down.”

Fol­low­ing a sprint finish, Hol­land’s Amy Pi­eters won the fi­nal stage ahead of Leah Kirch­mann and Rox­ane Fournier.

Over­all winner Lizzie Deignan (cen­tre) with the winner’s jersey af­ter stage six of the OVO En­ergy Women’s Tour.

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