After taking more than a year away from racing to give birth to her daughter Orla, former World Champion Lizzie Deignan returned in 2019 with Trek-Segafredo. She's a savvy rider with an explosive kick and is at her best in one-day races, which has netted her wins in esteemed classics like the Tour of Flanders, Strade Bianche, and the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, where she claimed a remarkable third victory in 2020. The pandemic-stricken year was one of Lizzie's best. She added WorldTour wins in La Course by Le Tour de France and Liège-Bastogne-Liège and finished first in the UCI Women's WorldTour individual rankings. In 2021, Lizzie used her sprinting ability to win the two-day Tour de Suisse, and then ended the season by writing a page in cycling's history, taking a dominant victory in the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes. In September 2022 Lizzie gave birth to her second child, Shea, and is aiming to return to racing in May 2023.
Tell us about your greatest cycling achievement.
Paris-Roubaix for so many reasons. We didn't have a chance to dream for so long; it's always been a men's race, and I am just so proud of this is where we are, that women's cycling is on the world stage now. I am proud that my daughter can look at the [cobblestone trophy]. She doesn't just have to watch men on the TV anymore, we're here, and we're representing.
What is your favorite family tradition?
Our annual 'family day after boxing day’ family fun run! It’s 5km and a race that only some of the family takes seriously, but everyone does it. I have never won it; my cousin who is a semi-professional football player has won it every year. I’m hopeful one day a Deignan will take home the chocolate trophy!
Who inspires you? Why?
Serena Williams. She is unashamedly a confident and powerful women. She has broken boundaries and paved the way for so many different women in sport and business.