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Tour de Yorkshire attracts world road race favourites to scout circuit

Route includes stages on planned worlds circuit in HarrogateWomen’s Tour de Yorkshire will be longest and toughest yetNext year’s Tour de Yorkshire at the beginning of May will offer male and female riders what is likely to be their only chance to race…

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Lizzie Deignan: ‘If I don’t win races, I’ve got Orla, so it won’t be a big deal’

Former road world champion hopes a return to cycling will inspire women and show motherhood does not have to end careersThere are three of us in this interview, and in the best of ways. As Lizzie Deignan details her pregnancy and her hopes and plans fo…

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Lizzie Deignan will lead Trek’s new professional women’s cycling team

• ‘Historic’ team to launch in 2019 with roster of a dozen riders• Former world champion to resume training in DecemberLizzie Deignan will lead a new professional women’s team in 2019 backed by the current men’s World Tour sponsor, Trek. The former wor…

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Chris Froome and I hung out to dry in doping cases, says Lizzie Deignan

• Deignan: UK Anti-Doping should have protected my reputation• ‘Unfortunately for Chris his reputation is tarnished’Lizzie Deignan has claimed Chris Froome has been denied a fair process in his anti-doping case and criticised the testing authorities fo…

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Lizzie Deignan: ‘Female cyclists are still a long way behind the men’

The Tour de Yorkshire has introduced prize parity, but as the Guardian finds out on a ride near her home town of Otley, the Olympic silver medallist still sees cycling as a sexist sportCycling is still a sexist sport, the world champion Lizzie Deignan …

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Lizzie Deignan welcomes equal pay for Women’s Tour riders

• Deignan: ‘It’s an important step to offer equal prize money’• Emma Pooley: ‘Women’s cycling has a huge amount to offer fans’Cyclists competing in the Women’s Tour in June will for the first time receive the same prize money as their male counterparts…

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Lizzie Deignan urges young riders to go for glory at Commonwealth Games

• England cyclist to miss Games owing to clash with classic races• ‘Games a good place for England riders to develop,’ says championLizzie Deignan has urged younger England riders to take their chance in Australia after deciding not to defend her Commo…

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Cycling World Championships: women’s road race – live!

1.37pm BST

Penton remains 40 seconds off the front of the peloton with Great Britain’s Dani King and Hannah Barnes sitting near the front as the Swede completes the second lap. GB rider Melissa Lowther has headed off in pursuit of Penton and has now joined the leader two form a two woman group.

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Less than a month ago Lizzie Deignan was looking very good for a second tilt at the World Championships. A season spent dominating the UCI Women’s Tour alongside side Boels–Dolmans teammate Anna van der Briggen had culminated in victory Grand Prix de Plouay before a near-rupturing of the appendix took the 2015 rainbow jersey winner off the bike and threw her participation into doubt.

She’s in Bergen but whether Deignan now has the legs to compete remains to be seen. The course remains such a mystery as to what kind of race it will produce and whether Deignan can challenge depends partly on what unfolds around her.

Related: Lizzie Deignan: ‘I don’t want to let the sickness I’ve had get the better of me’

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Lizzie Deignan: ‘I don’t want to let the sickness I’ve had get the better of me’

Less than a month after being taken to hospital to have her appendix removed, Lizzie Deignan is determined to ride on and take another tilt at the world road title she won two years ago

Lizzie Deignan is an athlete who thrives on controlling every factor she can, but in Saturday’s world championship road race she will be trusting to “emotion, passion” and the random form that can turn an athlete’s bad day into a good one and vice versa. “I hope I can deliver with those. Normally I’m confident and cool, but I’m not sure about this one.”

With good reason. It is just over three weeks since the 2015 world champion was taken into hospital in the Netherlands to have her appendix removed. The organ was so close to rupturing that when she asked the doctor if she could call her husband Philip to tell him she was going into theatre, she was refused that privilege. “They just said we’re going now. It was pretty fast.”

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Lizzie Deignan strikes out for repeat victory as Women’s Tour favourite

Rider is ‘reluctant to get too comfortable’ after coming close to suspension due to infringements of whereabouts system but is pleased with her month’s training in England after victory in Women’s Tour of Yorkshire

Much has changed for Lizzie Deignan since her victory in the 2016 Women’s Tour. Twelve months ago she was still Lizzie Armitstead – before her marriage in September to the Irish racer Philip Deignan – she was wearing the rainbow jersey of the world road race champion and, most notably, she was racing under the threat of a two-year suspension having just been given a provisional third “strike” for infringements of the whereabouts system.

The first of the three strikes was overturned in late July 2016 by the court of arbitration for sport, so she was not banned in the end, but Deignan has described how hard she found it to compete and appear in front of the public with her fate still to be decided. She also explained that, given UK Anti-Doping had yet to confirm that strike from early June, she felt she had no choice but to ride.

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Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead: ‘I could kick myself and kick myself’

The one-time darling of British cycling comes clean about her three missed drugs tests, sexism and cash in the sport

9 June 2016, 6am. The date and time are imprinted on Lizzie Armitstead’s mind. That’s when she received the phone call and her world came crashing down. It was UK Anti-Doping (Ukad), ringing to tell her she’d got a third strike: she had failed to be where she said she would be for drug testing three times within a 12-month period. Three strikes and you’re out. Armitstead, silver medallist at the London Olympics and 2015 world champion, faced a potential four-year ban.

Today, she still looks traumatised talking about it. “I went into a state of shock,” she says. “Visibly shaking. ‘No, no, no, this can’t happen.’ It was like being punched in the stomach.” We are in Monaco, where she lives with her husband, Irish cyclist and Team Sky member Philip Deignan. There are a lot of professional cyclists – about 60, including Chris Froome – living in Monaco, and despite being a proud Yorkshirewoman, Armitstead says she will remain here until she retires. It’s not a tax dodge (she rents in Monaco, and pays British taxes); it’s just the perfect place to train.

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Amalie Dideriksen wins women’s world road race with Lizzie Deignan fourth

• 20-year-old Dane beats Kirsten Wild in sprint finish
• Deignan just misses podium as searing heat continues in Qatar

Lizzie Deignan’s defence of her world road title ended in a creditable fourth, just a few metres from a medal, but the Yorkshirewoman had the consolation of seeing her Boels–Dolmans team-mate Amalie Dideriksen take the rainbow jersey. Deignan was among the first to congratulate the 20-year-old Dane after they crossed the line in Doha.

Like Dideriksen and the bronze medallist, Lotta Lepistö of Finland, Deignan was left without team-mates in the final kilometre – although a strong Great Britain squad marshalled by Dani King had ridden perfectly until then – and had no option but to fight for the wheel of the race favourite, Kirsten Wild, whose six team-mates controlled the final kilometres to perfection.

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Cycling world championships 2016: women’s road race – live!

12.00pm BST

Meanwhile, further up the field, there’s a 21-second gap between Yonamine and the chasing pack with 97km to go.

11.58am BST

It’s not been a good race for Kuwait so far. Noura Alameeri suffered an early crash, and she’s now been joined on the sidelines by Nada Aljeraiwi, if I’m not mistaken. That leaves Naija Aljeraiwi as the sole Kuwaiti representative.

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Lizzie Deignan urges world governing body to clarify rules on TUEs

• ‘If there are loopholes that allows people to push over their limits’
• Deignan to defend road title at cycling’s world championships in Doha

Lizzie Deignan may extend her career into 2019 to permit her to race at the world road championships on home turf in Yorkshire, although that will in part depend on whether the chosen course suits her ability.

“It’s not out of the question,” she told the Guardian as she prepared to defend her world title on Saturday in Doha. “It hinges on what they do with the route. The rumour is that it may be flat which would be disappointing.”

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