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Deignan to make racing comeback at next month’s Tour de Yorkshire

Yorkshirewoman returns to home race in preparation for World Championships in September

Joe Robinson
9 Apr 2019

Lizzie Deignan will ride the Tour de Yorkshire next month as she confirms her return to racing following the birth of her first child last September.

The Yorkshirewoman will officially make her racing comeback at the Amstel Gold Race later this month before lining up at her home race on Friday 3rd May.

The 30-year-old has not competed since the 2017 World Championships road race in Bergen, having taken an 18-month maternity break around the birth of her daughter Orla.

Deignan, who now rides for Trek-Segafredo, is focusing her return to racing around preparations for the World Championships later this year.

This year’s Worlds will also be in Yorkshire, centring around the town of Harrogate, which is just 10 miles away from Deignan’s hometown of Otley.

Part of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire race will also incorporate sections of the Worlds course, too, including a Stage 1 intermediate sprint on the World Championships finish line on Parliament Street, Harrogate.

Deignan says she is particularly looking forward to returning to racing on her home roads.

‘I’m so excited to ride this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. To be able to race on some of the World Championships course is an opportunity not to be missed and I can’t wait to be back on home roads and racing in front of home crowds again,’ she said in a statement released today. 

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Peter Dodd also commented on the announcement and the importance of having a home favourite on the race’s start line.

‘We’re so pleased Lizzie will be competing at the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race and she’s guaranteed to receive a hero’s welcome,’ said Dodd.

’The opening stage of this year’s route goes within a few kilometres of Otley, where she was born, and right through the centre of Harrogate, which she now calls home.

‘Her [Tour de Yorkshire] race win in 2017 has gone down in history and we’re really looking forward to seeing her back in Yorkshire as part of a truly world-class peloton.’

With the Worlds gracing Yorkshire this autumn, many of the best men’s and women’s riders have announced their intention to race the Tour de Yorkshire as an opportunity to preview the course.

Joining Deignan at the women’s race will be current time trial World Champion Annemiek van Vlueten, while the men’s race has already confirmed the participation of former Paris-Roubaix champion and four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who will be part of the newly launching Team Ineos.