Lizzie Deignan: women's cycling like a 'new sport' thanks to rising standards

Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain)
Trek-Segafredo's Lizzie Deignan finished 2020 as the top rider on the UCI Women's WorldTour rankings (Image credit: Getty Images)

Despite opening up about considering retirement back in 2019, Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) has praised the ever-rising standards in the women’s peloton for keeping her motivated. The reigning Women's WorldTour champion told PA Media that she now feels like she’s competing in a “new sport”, despite the continual challenges that come with pushing  for greater equality in cycling.

While there’s currently no certainty over how much of the 2021 race calendar will go ahead as planned, there’s certainly a huge amount for Women’s WorldTour followers to be excited about, including the inaugural women’s Paris-Roubaix race in April.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike