Former world champion and Wattbiker, Lizzie Deignan, has confirmed her return to professional cycling with attendance at the Ardennes Classics and the Tour de Yorkshire.
Lizzie took a year away from cycling to give birth to her daughter, Orla, and has since been using the Wattbike to help her balance training and family life.
“I’m really excited to rejoin the peloton and to race with my new teammates at Trek Segafredo, first at the Ardennes and then fittingly back on my home roads for the Tour de Yorkshire,” says Lizzie.
“I can’t wait to race in front of the home crowd again! It’s been a whirlwind year off the bike to have baby Orla and I’m looking forward to the new challenge of racing while being a working Mum! I couldn’t have done it without the support of my sponsors including Wattbike."
“Having the Wattbike to hand throughout pregnancy and for my return to cycling has been invaluable - allowing me to carry on riding safely in all weathers and with a big bump! It remains my go-to training tool.”
Although it remains unconfirmed, Lizzie has suggested a key focus for the year could be the World Championships, which this year takes place in the UK, in her home county, Yorkshire.
Wattbike CEO Rich Baker says: “At Wattbike we are all really excited to see Lizzie’s return to cycling, we have been supporting her for three years now. Its been great to see her using the Wattbike throughout her pregnancy and her training as she returns to form. We’re really optimistic about the future and cannot wait to see how it progresses.”
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