The 33-year-old has signed a contract extension with Trek-Segafredo covering 2023 和 2024
丽兹·戴尼昂 has announced she is expecting a second child and will sit out the 2022 季节, but the former world champion plans a return to racing next year and has signed a contract extension with Trek-Segafredo.
德尼昂, 33, has claimed several significant victories since giving birth to her daughter Orla in 2018, including the inaugural women’s Paris-Roubaix last year, Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2020, and the Women’s Tour in 2019.
“Obviously having a baby is a big decision, but it wasn’t a difficult one for us,” said Deignan, who is married to former professional rider Phil Deignan.
“We’ve always wanted to have a big family and I think the time is right to have another child. Orla is ready for a sibling, I feel like I am established and able in my career to make the next step to have another child, and everything behind the scenes fell into place.
“All the logical stuff like having a settled team and where we live was all really good. It was an emotional, but logical decision to make our family bigger.”
Deignan said she is due to give birth in September. Her announcement was combined with that of a new two-year contract to cover the 2023 和 2024 racing seasons.
“I feel like I still have plenty to give from an athletic standpoint,” Deignan added. “为我, it was always obvious that if we were able to have another baby then I would still return to cycling.
“I never expected to continue my career through not just one, but two pregnancies, but actually there’s been so many examples now of successful women returning to the sport, and especially older women returning to the sport.
“I don’t think the same stereotype of athletes retiring at 30 in their prime is necessarily true anymore.”
Deignan signed for Trek-Segafredo during her first pregnancy, and said she was grateful to the team for their continuing support.
“It’s been quite an emotional experience, 实际上,“ 她说. “Talking with Trek and telling them about my pregnancy, they gave me their complete support.
“I first told Ina (Teutenberg), my sports director, and her immediate response was ‘That’s f***ing awesome, congratulations!’. That took me back, 真的. It meant so much to me personally to have that support.”
Deignan’s pregnancy means she will miss the new-look Tour de France Femmes this July as well as the Commonwealth Games.
“I don’t think there’s ever a perfect time to have a baby,”她补充道. “Just like there’s never a perfect time to retire or to have an injury.
“There’s so many things in sport that might make you miss an event, and for me it’s the Tour de France Femmes and the Commonwealth Games this year. Next year it could be the first ever women’s Milan-Sanremo, and that would be an amazing thing to take part in. I’m able to see past what I’ll miss.”