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Check out Lizzie Deignan's World Championships Trek Emonda

Joe Robinson
1 Oct 2019

Racing on home roads, Deignan put in a spirited ride but eventually fell up short

Lizzie Deignan did all the right things just in the wrong order when trying to win the elite women's World Championships last weekend. A once in a lifetime opportunity, the race passed her Otley family home. She was even afforded the chance to ride through the town ahead of the peloton, passing her Nan who had erected a huge sign saying 'Lizzie'.

It gave her the motivation to follow Annemiek Van Vleuten's race-winning attack on Lofthouse, it gave the determination to force the chase group for almost 60km in pursuit and to chase down every attack that followed.

But eventually, motivation and determination were not enough for Deignan on the day. She faded, understandably so, eventually finishing 31st, 5 minutes 20 seconds adrift of Van Vleuten.

Although she fell short, it was a ride Deignan will be proud of and a day she battled on a pretty special looking bike, a bike Cyclist was allowed a closer look at before the race.

Deignan rides for the Trek-Segafredo trade team as a day job meaning she has the full choice of Trek bikes to choose from.

While many favoured the aero Madone option, Deignan favoured the Emonda SLR frameset, a climber's bike with a noticeably higher front end than the Madone.

Despite the sloping top tube and high front end design of the Emonda, Deignan still acheives a fairly aggressive setup. She has slammed her carbon Bontrager stem down to one spacer with her saddle height creating a reasonable saddle-to-stem drop.

The carbon stem is attached to a semi-aero Bontrager XXX handlebar with Deignan also opting for Bontrager's semi-aero Aeolus XXX 4 wheels, two details that suggest Deignan looked at aerodynamics and not just weight for Sunday's race.

With the roads as bad as they were, Deignan also plucked for Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres in 25-28mm. These usually measure closer towards the 29mm mark, too, providing sufficient traction on that slippery course.

Sram is groupset provider for Trek-Segafredo and Deignan's bike is fitted with its top-spec Sram Red Etap AXS 12-speed groupset.

It's almost a mirror image of the setup Anna van der Breggen used on her Specialized S-Works Tarmac. A 48/35 chainring matched to a 10/33 cassette, a combination of gears suited to the punchy course tackled last weekend.

Being a former World Champion, Deignan was also afforded the technicolour treatment with a rainbow chain and cassette, celebrating her exploits from Richmond 2014.

The curtains coming down on Deignan in Harrogate could have been down to the fact that she decided to ride sans power.

While almost every rider in the pro peloton will affix a bike computer to their front end, normally linked to a power meter, Deignan decided to ride without a power meter and without a GPS unit.

While some do prefer to ride on feel, especially in a one-day Classic, it could be telling that Deignan not having a firm grip on how far she was going into the red showed when she blew up over 30km from the line.

Also take this as a comparison to eventual winner Van Vleuten, an accomplished time triallist who very much uses power to judge her effort, something she did to perfection on Sunday.

Lastly, a word for the white and ocean blue paint job Deignan and her Trek-Segafredo teammates have been riding all year. Alongside the kit, it's a world-class look, genuinely a modern classic.