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Lizzie Deignan to lead Team GB at World Championships

Joe Robinson
9 Sep 2020

Yorkshirewoman to target second rainbow jersey on hilly Imola course

Lizzie Deignan will lead Great Britain's women's team at the rearranged World Championships in Imola at the end of the month.

The 31-year-old will hope to carry form that saw her win the GP Plouay and La Course in August through to the tough Worlds race on Saturday 26th September.

A former World Champion from 2015, Deignan will be flanked by a strong team including Lizzie Banks, second to Deignan at the recent GP Plouay, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Anna Henderson and Anna Shackley.

Deignan will be among the favourites for this year's race due to its challenging nature and her recent flourish of victories, all achieved despite crashes at both Strade Bianche and the women's European Championships.

Performance director Stephen Park believes that Deginan, alongside a strong support cast, has what it takes to secure a second rainbow jersey.

'Based on what we know about the course, I am confident of a strong performance by our women’s team at this year’s road worlds,' said Park.

'Despite being setback by a number of crashes this season, Lizzie is in brilliant form as we have seen in her recent victories in the UCI Women’s WorldTour events, and similarly, it was fantastic to watch Lizzy Banks in the breakaway with Lizzie Deignan in the GP Plouay finishing in second place for a British one-two.

'I’m also really pleased to see academy rider Anna Shackley step into this elite squad, it will be a great development opportunity ahead of her turning professional in the new year.'

The World Championships were due to take place in Aigle-Martigny on a mountainous course but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they will be held in Imola, Italy, on a course that while not in the mountains, will still be demanding.

The women's race should be perfectly suited to Deignan with 2,750m of vertical elevation over 144km.

As for the individual time-trial, Great Britain will be represented by Lizzie Banks and Alice Barnes on the flat, 32km course.

The championships will now take place from 24th September to 27th September consisting of only the elite men's and women's time-trial and road races. All junior and under 23 races were cut by the UCI due to concerns not all countries would be able to participate.

Performance director Park agreed with this decision from the UCI believing it to be the sensible choice.

'I know there is disappointment amongst our under-23 and junior riders who are unable to compete for a rainbow jersey this year, but this was the right decision for the UCI to make and they know their time will come.'