Lizzie Deignan: My previous level isn’t going to be good enough

Lizzie Deignan (Trek Segafredo) in action (Image credit: Getty Images)

After returning to elite competition this spring Lizzie Deignan is pleased with the level she displayed in 2019 but the former world champion has vowed that her previous levels will not stand up if she is to reach the pinnacle of the sport once more, in what is expected to be her final season of racing as she targets the Tokyo Olympic road race.

Deignan gave birth to her first child in 2018 and returned to competition in the spring of this year. She raced a reduced schedule during her first season in Trek-Segafredo colours as she found her feet but still managed to pick up several impressive results, including seventh in Liege-Bastogne-Liege and a win in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. 

She capped her season with a brave but ultimately unsuccessful ride at the World Championships, in which she gave her home crowd a rousing performance.  

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.