Harrogate, Saturday April 29th 2017 – At the conclusion of a palpitating second edition of the ASDA Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, Great Britain’s Lizzie Deignan rode solo to a convincing victory at Harrogate. The former world champion beat Coryn Rivera and Giorgia Bronzini by nearly a minute. And it was a special win taken not far from her hometown of Otley where her proud grandmother watched full of emotion.
Lizzie’s team Boels Dolmans worked hard from the drop of the flag, they policed the whole race stretching and testing the peloton with an eye on every little break or move.
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Amy Gornall Catches up with Gabby Shaw of Team WNT after they both finished the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2017 in Harrogate. All content ©CyclingShorts.cc Image by www.chrismaher.co.uk
The race really suited me and I knew the roads better than anyone else, so I took advantage of that. With 15km to go my Sports Director was telling me to save myself for the sprint but I knew we still had some small climbs to go. I knew it wasn’t going to come back together so I went on the attack. I didn’t dare believe I’d actually won the race until about 1km to go through because I felt like I was getting slower and slower.
The finish was so special and so surreal, and it meant so much to me to receive such great support. It was incredible and I’m struggling to get my head around it. This is up there with the biggest wins of my career, definitely. There were a lot of big teams here and the Tour is growing into a really prestigious race. We don’t get crowds like this in women’s cycling very often and it was unbelievable to see so many people on the roadside. The fact that the whole race was televised live as well was really important. You’ll only see stronger and stronger women coming to this race in the future because of that, and the best riders specifically targeting this race.
Coryn RIVERA (Team Sunweb) at 55’’
Elizabeth DEIGNAN (Boels Dolmans) in 3h09’36’’
Giorgia BRONZINI (Wiggle High5) at 55’’
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