Cycling news – Lizzie Deignan aims for Tokyo Olympics to erase ‘horrendous’ Rio memories

The 29-year-old Otley racer’s solitary aim for 2019 is September’s Road World Championships in her local Yorkshire.


And Deignan, who underneath her lass name Armitstead won a 2015 universe title, skeleton to retire after a third Olympics in Tokyo, anticipating to have combined certain memories after a diligent Rio Games in 2016.

“I wouldn’t be happy to leave it with that Olympic knowledge of Rio,” pronounced Deignan, vocalization during a Rouleur Classic.

Lizzie Deignan

Lizzie DeignanPA Sport

Rio hurts her given of a build-up. Deignan, who won Great Britain’s initial award of London 2012 with china in a highway race, faced a two-year anathema for blank 3 drugs tests.

When news of her successful interest seeped out before to a Rio Olympics after a Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out UK Anti-Doping’s charge, many questioned either Deignan should take to a Olympic start line during all.

Then a reigning universe champion, she had been among a favourites for Olympic bullion on Copacabana Beach. After a disrupted, agonising build-up, she finished fifth.

“That was only horrendous, a whole experience,” she added.

Deignan is enjoying a happier knowledge as a new mother. She and father Philip, a Team Sky cyclist, had daughter Orla on Sep 23 in Harrogate.

Deignan intends to lapse to training this week, now Orla is 6 weeks old.

She has oral to 14-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey and four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny about balancing motherhood with being an athlete.

Sarah Storey

Sarah StoreyPA Sport

Storey won 3 Paralympic golds in Rio after a birth of daughter Louisa and has given had a second child, Charlie, while Kenny (nee Trott), has won vital medals given returning to a lane following a birth of Albie in Aug 2017.

Deignan said: “There are moments in a center of a night where I’m meditative ‘how a ruin am we going to do this?’

“But it’s been done. That means it’s possible. That means it’s a challenge. It’s meant to be hard. I’m really beholden I’m not a first.”

Deignan is engaged to lapse to racing with her Trek-Segafredo group in June, yet she could aim a women’s Tour de Yorkshire in May.

Her priority, though, is a Sep 28 competition from Bradford to Harrogate, where she hopes to win a universe champion’s rainbow jersey for a second time. She has a home in a city and skeleton to live there in retirement.

“I have one idea and that’s that race,” she added.

“I’m not going to concede any other rise in form. I’m peaking in September.

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