Lizzie Deignan to return to racing at Flèche Wallonne, is a possibility for Liège–Bastogne–Liège

Trek-Segafredo finalise roster for Wednesday's Ardennes Classic, with Deignan returning for the first time since 2021

Lizzie Deignan at Paris-Roubaix
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Lizzie Deignan will return to action for Trek-Segafredo at La Flèche Wallonne and is a possibility for Liège–Bastogne–Liège on April 19 and April 23 respectively.

The British rider announced that she was expecting another child last year, and took time away from racing. After giving birth, Deignan was initially anticipated to be returning to the peloton in Spain at La Vuelta Femenina in early May.

However, a press release from ASO, the organiser of La Flèche Wallonne, released on Friday, hinted at the possible appearance of the former winner of Paris-Roubaix in next Wednesday’s race.

“The field of champions is notably completed by Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo), returning to competition after giving birth to her second child,” the press release read.

According to a report from Cyclingnews last week, Trek-Segafredo had told Deignan to prepare for both races in case she is needed.

On Monday afternoon Deignan confirmed on social media that she would be riding, that was then followed up by an announcement by her Trek team.

"Where did that 6 months go?!" she wrote on Instagram.

"I actually can’t put it all in to words, Flèche Wallonne here I come."

Deignan won Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes in 2020, and has finished second at Flèche Wallonne in both 2014 and 2017.

Trek-Segafredo are yet to announce their full rosters for Flèche and Liège. However, ASO has listed Deignan, Elisa Longo Borghini and Shirin van Anrooij in the team's squad for Flèche Wallonne. The latter two rode the Amstel Gold Race at the weekend, with Van Anrooij finishing third in the Netherlands.

Longo Borghini has past experience of the Flèche Wallonne podium, finishing third in 2014 and 2021. After recovering from a bout of Covid earlier this spring, she will be a hot favourite for the podium once again next week.

Deignan gave birth to her first child in 2018, and then made her return to racing during the Ardennes Classics in April 2019. After the birth of her second child, she was initially expected to skip the Ardennes this time around, making a return to racing at La Vuelta Feminina in May.

The Spanish stage race has moved on the calendar from its traditional September spot to May.

Her team's initial plan for her was to build form with seven days of racing at the beginning of her comeback, but that may now be extended to include two of the three Ardennes Classics due to rider availability at Trek-Segafredo.

Deignan will then build her season around the Tour de France Femmes in July, before turning her attention to the World Championships road race in Glasgow in August. 

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Adam Becket
Senior news and features writer

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s senior news and feature writer – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing, speaking to people as varied as Demi Vollering to Philippe Gilbert. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.