Lizzie Deignan firms up fourth at Giro d’Italia Donne with surprise climbing strength

MONTE MATAJUR ITALY JULY 10 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo at arrival during the 32nd Giro dItalia Internazionale Femminile 2021 Stage 9 a 1226km stage from FelettoUmberto to Monte Matajur 1267m GiroDonne UCIWWT on July 10 2021 in Monte Matajur Italy Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Lizzie Deignan (right) with Trek-Segafredo teammate Elisa Longo Borghini after the tough climb up Monte Matajur on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia Donne 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Lizzie Deignan may have started out the Giro d’Italia Donne in a support role but thanks to a powerful show of climbing form, which was again on display during the ascent of Monte Matajur on stage 9, she is now easily set to be Trek-Segafredo’s top finisher as she heads into the final stage sitting fourth overall. 

That not only sets up Deignan for an impressive general classification result at the longest tour on the women's calendar but also could act as a warning shot over the bow of her rivals as she heads into the Tokyo Olympic Games to represent Britain in the climb-heavy road race. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.