Deignan earns first podium since giving birth as Vos leads Women’s Tour

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Lizzie Deignan

Britain’s Lizzie Deignan came second on stage two of the Women’s Tour to secure a first podium since returning to the sport after the birth of her daughter.

Dutch rider Marianne Vos, like Deignan both an ex-world champion and former winner of the Women’s Tour, won a bunch sprint in Kent to take the overall lead and heads Deignan by nine seconds.

Boels-Dolmans’ Amy Pieters sits third overall, equal with Deignan’s time.

“Really happy with my first podium in a long time,” Deignan, 30, tweeted.

“Thanks to my incredible team-mates, they deserved the win but I was not fast enough. Looking forward to the rest of the Women’s Tour.”

The Briton’s Trek-Segafredo team increased the pace as the 62.5km stage edged towards its conclusion, but it was not enough to tire inaugural Women’s Tour winner and three-time world champion Vos after a relentless 25 laps of Kent’s Cyclopark.

Deignan, Women’s Tour winner in 2016, was awarded British Cycling’s Best British Rider jersey and leads 21-year-old Eleanor Dickinson by 13 seconds in that classification.

Wednesday’s 145.1km third stage takes place in Oxfordshire, beginning in Henley-on-Thames and finishing at Blenheim Palace.

Stage two results

1. Marianne Vos (Ned/Ccc – Liv) 1hour 34minutes 17seconds

2. Lizzie Deignan (Gbr/Trek-Segafredo) Same time

3. Sarah Roy (Aus/Mitchelton Scott)

4. Elena Cecchini (Ita/Canyon-SRAM)

5. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita/Valcar Cylance)

6. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita/Virtu Cycling)

7. Coryn Rivera (Usa/ Sunweb)

8. Roxane Fournier (Fra/Movistar)

9. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita/Trek-Segafredo)

10. Liane Lippert (Ger/Sunweb)

General classification

1. Marianne Vos (Ned/Ccc – Liv) 5hours 43minutes 14seconds

2. Lizzie Deignan (Gbr/Trek-Segafredo) +9secs

3. Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels Dolmans) Same time

4. Coryn Rivera (Usa/ Sunweb) +10secs

5. Sarah Roy (Aus/Mitchelton Scott) +11secs

6. Lisa Brennauer (Ger/Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling) Same time

7. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita/Valcar Cylance) +15secs

8. Roxane Fournier (Fra/Movistar) Same time

9. Elena Cecchini (Ita/Canyon-SRAM)

10. Liane Lippert (Ger/Sunweb)

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