New Trek women's team officially announced with Lizzie Deignan revealed as star signing

Deignan says team saw her an "an investment and a valued athlete"

Lizzie Deignan will ride for the new Trek team in 2018

(Image credit: Jim Carman/Trek)

Lizzie Deignan has said the Trek Factory Racing team’s attitude to her pregnancy was key factor in her leaving her current top ranked women’s team for the new outfit, which was officially unveiled on Monday.

Deignan will be the star rider at Trek, while currently she competes alongside other big names of the women’s sport including Chantal Blaak and Anna Van Der Breggen at Boels Dolmans.

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