Lizzie Deignan bids to become the first British rider to ever win two consecutive elite world titles on the road in the women’s road race in Doha’s UCI Road World Championships on Saturday.
Deignan – formerly Armitstead – won gold in Richmond last year and bagged seven victories in her year in the rainbow jersey, including at the Tour of Flanders and Aviva Women’s Tour.
And while both Nicole Cooke and Lucy Garner have previously won back-to-back world titles as juniors, Deignan will bid to make British history in the desert as the first to do so in the elite races.
Deignan’s season threatened to be derailed when it was revealed she had avoided a doping ban after three ‘whereabouts’ failures ahead of Rio 2016 – the first of which was scratched from the record after an appeal to CAS.
But since marrying Team Sky rider Philip, the Yorkshirewoman has been back on form, helping Boels-Dolmans win the team time trial on Sunday to kick-start her Worlds in style.
Nevertheless, she faces stiff competition in the desert with plenty of riders in good form and bidding to pull on the rainbow stripes.
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