Deignan wins women's Tour de Yorkshire

Boels Dolmans rider solos to victory on home roads

Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans) delighted home crowds in Harrogate when she soloed across the finish line at the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday. The Otley-born rider won the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire by nearly a minute off the back of a late race attack and brilliant team tactics.

Behind Deignan, Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) emerged from a nine-rider chase group to take best of the rest in front of 2010-2011 road world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5).

It’s been 10 months since Deignan last stood atop podium (save team time trial wins) at the Aviva Women’s Tour where she parlayed a stage win into overall victory. She was Lizzie Armitstead then, yet to marry Team Sky professional cyclist Phil Deignan, and the world champion. It was before the missed test fiasco and a failed bid for Rio Olympic gold.

“It was really special for me to finish here and feel so much support,” said Deignan. “It’s been awhile since I’ve had a victory. It’s been a tough year. To crown it like this, to move on and to move on with local support was very special.”

Deignan finished second behind teammate Anna van der Breggen in each of the three Ardennes classics. Early season illness hampered her preparation and fitness, but it was clear that a return to top form was imminent for the 2015 road world champion. It was no surprise then when Deignan’s teammates began to launch attacks from kilometre zero.

“The plan was to get someone in the breakaway – we had Amy Pieters there – and for me and Anna to bridge on the main climb,” explained Deignan. “Hopefully we’d have a small group in the finish.”

There was no small group at the finish. There was only Deignan.

As planned, Deignan and Van der Breggen had bridged across to a breakaway of 10 on Côte de Lofthouse. By the time the race reached the top of the 1.7-kilometre climb, only eight riders remained out front. With Deignan, Pieters and Van der Breggen amongst the group, Boels-Dolmans once again had the numerical advantage.

Deignan attacked on one of the many rises that dotted the 122-kilometre course. Her acceleration saw a leading trio emerge: Deignan, Van der Breggen and Cylance Cycling’s Dani King. With 46 kilometres still to race, the leaders had nearly two minutes on a select chase group in their wake.

Van der Breggen did the lion’s share of the work amongst the leaders, but both Deignan and King took pulls. Deignan repeatedly tested King with digs on the course’s steepest sections. King repeatedly proved capable of responding. Shortly after the second intermediate sprint point in Ripton, Deignan lifted the pace again and distanced not King but Van der Breggen.

Although Van der Breggen was able to claw her way back, a chink in the Boels-Dolmans armour may have proved worrisome to Deignan. Rather than wait for the finish, Deignan made her move with 14 kilometres still to race.

“I went on instinct,” she explained. “I saw a moment where it was good to go and didn’t look back.

“I’m not used to going solo, particularly from such a long breakaway,” Deignan added. “It was really difficult.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans3:09:36 
2Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:55 
3Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5  
4Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans  
5Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
6Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:59 
7Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
8Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
9Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
10Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
11Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lares Waowdeals  
12Anna Christian (GBr) Drops0:01:07 
13Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle-High50:01:23 
14Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb0:01:33 
15Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle-High50:01:56 
16Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb  
17Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans0:01:59 
18Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb0:07:45 
19Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops  
20Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Coegas  
21Rebeca Durrell (GBr) Drops  
22Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Ale Cipollini  
23Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
24Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb  
25Eileen Roe (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
26Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Sunsport Velo  
27Neah Evans (GBr) Storey Racing  
28Gabriella Shaw (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
29Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Lares Waowdeals  
30Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Team Jadan Weldtite  
31Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
32Annabel Simpson (GBr) Drops  
33Jennifer George (GBr) Storey Racing  
34Laura Massey (GBr) Drops  
35Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
36Chanel Mason (GBr) Storey Racing  
37Alice Sharpe (GBr) NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli  
38Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink Coegas  
39Jenny Powell (GBr) Team Ford EcoBoost  
40Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops  
41Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
42Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
43Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
44Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
45Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling  
46Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans0:07:56 
47Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle-High50:08:04 
48Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans0:08:06 
49Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
50Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Wiggle-High5  
51Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
52Amy Gornall (GBr) NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli0:08:12 
53Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipollini  
54Elizabeth-Jane Harris (GBr) Storey Racing0:08:18 
55Fionna Hunter-Johnston (GBr) Fusion RT Fierlan  
56Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:08:41 
57Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
OTLMolly Patch (GBr) Fusion RT Fierlan0:16:22 
OTLSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares Waowdeals0:16:33 
OTLJennifer Holden (GBr) Fusion RT Fierlan0:16:37 
OTLMaryka Seenema (GBr) Fusion RT Fierlan0:16:42 
OTLJennifer Hudson (GBr) Fusion RT Fierlan  
OTLBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM0:17:08 
OTLJulia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb  
OTLIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Coegas  
OTLMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Coegas  
OTLSteph Mottram (GBr) NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli0:17:56 
OTLCharmaine Porter (GBr) Team Ford EcoBoost0:20:15 
OTLMartina Alzini (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
OTLHannah Walker (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
OTLLydia Boylan (Irl) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
OTLMieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
OTLLucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle-High5  
OTLMiriam Bjørnsrud (Nor) Hitec Products  
OTLSimona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
OTLBryony Van Velzen (Ned) Lares Waowdeals  
OTLBethany Crumpton (GBr) Storey Racing0:26:34 
OTLHannah Larbalestier (GBr) Sunsport Velo0:28:51 
OTLSeonaid Thompson (GBr) Sunsport Velo  
OTLSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink Coegas0:28:53 
OTLIlona Hoeksma (Ned) Hitec Products  
OTLBethany Haywood (GBr) Team Ford EcoBoost  
OTLJosie Knight (Irl) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:30:18 
OTLMichelle Geoghegan (Irl) Team Jadan Weldtite  
OTLMads Scott (GBr) NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli0:34:20 
OTLGwenno Hughes (GBr) NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli  
OTLHolly Flannery (GBr) Team Jadan Weldtite  
OTLSophie Thackray (GBr) NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli  
OTLRhona Callander (GBr) Team Jadan Weldtite0:34:25 
OTLTereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink Coegas0:34:28 
OTLMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
OTLGabriella Nordin (Swe) Sunsport Velo0:35:23 
OTLLaura Cameron (GBr) Storey Racing0:36:15 
OTLJoanna Tindley (GBr) Team Ford EcoBoost0:41:27 
DNFRachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products  
DNFMieke Docx (Bel) Lares Waowdeals  
DNFKelly Markus (Ned) Lares Waowdeals  
DNFEmily Kay (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
DNFKelly Murphy (GBr) Team Ford EcoBoost  
DNFLucinda Kerr (GBr) Team Jadan Weldtite  
DNFLouise Scupham (GBr) Team Jadan Weldtite  
DNFTina Hartwright (GBr) Fusion RT Fierlan  
DNFElizabeth Burrows (GBr) Sunsport Velo  
DNFRosie Walsh (GBr) Sunsport Velo  

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