'I stand up and there's nothing in my legs': race radio playback shows Lizzie Deignan's battle for Women's Tour lead

Radio replay shows Deignan's confidence was wavering on the slopes of the Queen stage

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Lizzie Deignan announced her return to the sharp end of racing last week, winning the Ovo Energy Women's Tour, nine months after the birth of her first child Orla. But a candid radio replay shows how hard she had to dig for victory.

The former world champion attacked with her Trek-Segafredo team mate, Elisa Longo-Borghini.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.