‘It’s too soon to announce a retirement’: Lizzie Deignan remains focused on Yorkshire 2019 World Championships and Olympic Games

The British favourite hopes to take a second rainbow jersey in her home county

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Lizzie Deignan remains focused on her ambition to win a second rainbow jersey at the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships, saying “it’s too early to announce a retirement.”

The 30-year-old will lead the British squad in the elite women’s road race on Saturday (September 27), which will be a memorable moment for Deignan as the race passes through her home town of Otley.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.