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Lizzie Deignan: British cyclist to miss 2022 season after announcing pregnancy but plans to return for 2023 |  Cycling News

Former world champion Lizzie Deignan has announced she is pregnant with her second child and will be out this year; Last year’s winner of the first women’s Paris-Roubaix plans to return to Trek-Segafredo in 2023 after signing a two-year contract extension

Last update: 02/23/22 11:47

Lizzie Deignan has announced that she is pregnant with her second child

Lizzie Deignan has announced she is expecting a second child and will not compete in the 2022 season, but the former world champion is planning a return to racing next year and has signed a contract extension with Trek-Segafredo.

Deignan has won several important victories since the birth of her daughter Orla in 2018, including the first women’s Paris-Roubaix last year, Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2020 and the Women’s Tour in 2019.

The 33-year-old is due to give birth in September and her announcement was combined with that of a new two-year contract to cover the 2023 and 2024 racing seasons.

“Obviously having a baby is a big decision, but it wasn’t difficult for us,” said Deignan, who is married to former professional driver Phil Deignan. “We always wanted to have a big family and I think now is the time to have another child.

“Orla is ready for a sibling, I feel like I’m established and able in my career to take the next step to have another child, and everything behind the scenes has fallen into place. All the logical things like having a stable team and where we It was really good, it was an emotional but logical decision to expand our family.

“I feel like I still have a lot to give from a sporting point of view. For me, it was always obvious that if we could have another baby, I would still go back to cycling.

“I never expected to continue my career through not one, but two pregnancies, but in fact there are now so many examples of women who have successfully returned to sport, and especially older women. returning to the sport. I don’t think the same stereotype of athletes retiring at 30 in the prime of life isn’t necessarily true anymore.”

Deignan signed for Trek-Segafredo during her first pregnancy and explained how grateful she is to the team for their continued support.

Her pregnancy means she will miss the new look of the Tour de France Women in July as well as the Commonwealth Games.

“It was quite a moving experience, actually,” Deignan said. “Talking with Trek and telling them about my pregnancy, they have been so supportive.

“I first told Ina [Teutenberg], my athletic director, and her immediate response was “That’s awesome, congratulations!”. It really brought me back. It meant so much to me personally to have that support.”

“I don’t think there’s ever a perfect time to have a baby. Just like there’s never a perfect time to retire or get injured.

“There are so many things in sport that could cause you to miss an event, and for me that’s the Women’s Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games this year. Next year it could be the first ever Milan- Women’s Sanremo, and that would be an amazing thing to participate in. I’m able to see past what I’m going to miss.

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