Lizzie Deignan ‘surprised’ by great form as she rides to second place on Col d’Izoard at La Course

"I think I overestimated the climb, I had not done a recon and I didn’t find it as hard as the nightmares I had about it."

Lizzie Deignan.

(Image credit: ASO/Bruno Bade)

Finishing second at the top of the Col d’Izoard today, British champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) exceeded her expectations. Though not planning on riding for the win, Deignan set a blistering pace up the climb, thinning the group and finishing second behind Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) in the Women’s WorldTour race.

After her team-mates did much of the work, 28-year-old Deignan went to the front with over 10km of the climb left to ride intending to set up her Boels-Dolmans team mate, Megan Guarnier. However, such was the pace Guarnier was dropped, eventually finishing in fourth place, 45 seconds behind the Briton.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.