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From frightened Future Star to Revolution royalty - Lizzie Deignan's track to success

10 August 2017

A world champion on both the track and road, Lizzie Deignan’s cycling career owes a lot to the Revolution Series.

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Her first time riding in front of a crowd came when competing in the Revolution Future Stars, and with the stellar career that followed, some may be surprised to hear her recollections of that track debut in front of a packed National Cycling Centre, in Manchester.

“When I first rode on the track at Revolution as a Future Star I was shaking, I was so nervous, I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know what I was doing really,” she admitted.

“I wasn’t very good, which is why a lot of people probably don’t realise I rode in Future Stars.

“But I loved the experience. I had a big crash, but I got through it and I kept going back.

She would quickly become accustomed to life in the spotlight though, with the road race silver medal at London 2012 catapulting her into the British public’s consciousness.

A particular highlight of her Revolution career came just months after that rain-sodden finish on The Mall, and despite the same result, it is a memory that has stayed with her.

“I remember after the 2012 Olympics, going onto the track and I was so unfit and so slow, but it was a Revolution and it was me versus Marianne Vos, the girl who got gold in London,” she added.

“It was kind of a rematch in the devil [elimination race], and despite my total lack of fitness the crowd got me round and I got silver again to Marianne, it was a really good event.”

The 28-year-old Boels-Dolmans rider will race all three Revolution Series Elite Women’s Championship rounds for her professional road team, and with despite being a track world champion in the team pursuit, and silver medallist in the scratch race and omnium, it is the points race that Deignan has the most affection for.

“I love the points race, it’s definitely my favourite race and definitely suited to my skills,” concluded the 2009 world points race bronze medallist.

“It’s about tactical awareness and then short, sharp, efforts and repeated recovery really quickly, which I think I’m quite good at.”

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