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WATCH: Lizzie wins Women's Tour de Yorkshire

WATCH: Lizzie wins Women's Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 7:43pm 29th April 2017. (Updated at 7:54pm 29th April 2017)

Otley's Lizzie Deignan has won the Women's Tour de Yorkshire after an incredible solo breakaway in Harrogate.

She made her move by attacking with her Boels Dolmans teammate Anna van der Breggen on the brutal Côte de Lofthouse climb and then left her rivals in the dust as she pressed on to the finish.

The 28-year-old had a 55-second advantage as she raced up Parliament Street and had time to soak up the deafening cheers before crossing the line.

American Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) took second place by outsprinting Italy's former world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5).

After finishing, Lizzie said: "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 though, 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."

 

 

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Lizzie did Yorkshire proud today and this will have been a hugely popular victory right across the county.

"The course made for really exciting racing and Lizzie took full advantage of it. Like she said, Yorkshire people really look out for each other and the backing they gave Lizzie really spurred her on.

"I'd like to congratulate her and all the riders of the Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire today for given us such a brilliant race."

Lizzie's triumph meant that she was awarded the blue winner's jersey on the podium and also topped the best sprinter's classification.

Wiggle High5 rider Claudia Lichtenberg was awarded Queen of the Mountain, after cresting the Côte de Lofthouse in first place, whilst Lizzie's Boels Dolmans claimed the team classification prize.

The youngest rider in the race was 18-year-old Gwenno Hughes from NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli.

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