British cyclist Lizzie Deignan takes Women's Tour of Wales Crown

Thousands of people lined the Carmarthenshire race route

Great Britain’s Lizzie Deignan became the first rider to win two Women’s Tour titles as she sealed the 2019 crown at Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire yesterday.

The Trek Segafredo rider, who only returned to racing in late April following maternity leave, finished eighth in a reduced bunch sprint to pip Kasia Niewiadoma to win the overall crown by two seconds – the smallest winning margin in race history.

Speaking afterwards Deignan said: 

“It means a huge amount. I think the last time I came here, I was probably one of the favourites to win the race – this time I wasn’t a favourite, so it was a different experience. It was totally a team experience. I won through just grit and determination. I’m away from my daughter for a reason. I’m here to do a job and I’ve got a fantastic team around me. I don’t want to let them down.”

Thousands of people lined the 79 mile route to cheer the cyclists on in a race which has being hailed as a success for the county.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said:

“It has been our pleasure to host the Grand Finale of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour here in Carmarthenshire, just months after hosted the Grand Depart of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in September.

“This is a unique opportunity for us to showcase our stunning landscape and scenery, which I know has provided one of the most challenging stages for the cyclists in this year’s Tour, but has taken in some of our most breath-taking mountains, valleys and of course our wonderful communities.

“Hosting major events like this is so important for Carmarthenshire, both in terms of its economy, and in sealing its growing reputation as a player on an international stage.

“I am proud of my team at Carmarthenshire County Council who have worked so hard alongside SweetSpot Group to bring the Tour to Carmarthenshire, but also the support of people and businesses who have created a fantastic atmosphere and given a warm Welsh welcome to everyone who has come to enjoy the day with us.”

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