Lizzie Deignan: 'I feel responsible to prove you can be both a pro rider and a mother'

The British former world champion will line up on home roads at the Yorkshire Worlds

Lizzie Deignan (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Lizzie Deignan will be one of six British women dreaming of victory at a home Road World Championships. But, the 2015 world champion will be the only one hoping to double her tally on home roads, having grown up in Otley, 11 miles from the road race finish line in Harrogate.

"The UCI Road World Championships race route passes places that have really had a huge influence on my life," Deignan says, "the school I went to, the church where I got married, my parents’ garden with the finish-line in the town where my daughter Orla was born and where I’ll be living once I retire from competition.

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