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World Championships: Lizzie Deignan to race despite recent surgery

Joe Robinson
20 Sep 2017

Despite recent surgery, Lizzie Deignan will take to the start line in Bergen, Norway

Lizzie Deignan confirmed, via twitter, that she will be racing the women's elite World Championship Road Race this Saturday.

Deignan tweeted a photo of her passport and plane ticket to Bergen proving that the 28-year-old had recovered from recent surgery and will take to the start line.

 

The participation of Deignan at the World Championships was put into doubt when she was rushed for emergency surgery to remove her appendix only three weeks ago.

Deignan was then named in the Team GB's shortlist for the women's race despite having not ridden her bike for a whole week after the impromptu surgery. 

The Boels-Dolmans rider will look to add a second rainbow jersey to her collection this Saturday, having taken victory in 2015 in Richmond, United States. 

Having to undergo surgery so close to the race will have no doubt back-pegged Deignan's preparation for a race that would have otherwise suited her strengths. 

Favourites for the race on Saturday include Deignan's teammate Anna van der Breggen and her compatriot, and individual time trial winner, Annemiek van Vleuten.