Deignan: To beat the Dutch we need numbers in the finale of World Championships

Lizzie Deignan of Great Britain won the World Championship road title in 2015
Lizzie Deignan of Great Britain won the World Championship road title in 2015 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Twelve months ago Lizzie Deignan went down fighting with a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful ride at her home World Championships in Yorkshire. A year on, she’s in Imola, Italy and ready to fight it out for her second rainbow jersey.

It certainly won’t be easy. The Dutch once again arrive as favourites, while there’s also more depth on the start list of the women’s road race than ever before. However, Deignan is banking on the British team having numbers in the latter stages of the race on Saturday when she predicts that the race will be decided in the closing three circuits.

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