No regrets for Deignan as Imola hills inspire a climber's race at Worlds

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Lizzie Deignan finished sixth in the chase group behind new world champion Anna van der Breggen and medallists Annemiek van Vleuten and Elisa Longo Borghini at the World Championships, but had few regrets about the outcome of the women’s race, after riding a tactically smart race. 

“The strongest rider won today. I was a bit in no man’s land in the end, not quite able to go with the best climbers and then I was stuck and marked as one of the best punchy, sprint riders,” Deignan told Cyclingnews after finishing behind Marianne Vos and Liane Lippert of Germany. 

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.