Lizzie Deignan announces her second pregnancy and the Trek-Segafredo renews its contract

Women’s cycling continues to make giant strides when it comes to reconciling competition with family life and, this Wednesday, the British cyclist Lizzie Deignan and the Trek-Segafredo team have given good proof of this.

Deignan, world champion in 2015 and the Paris-Roubaix last year, and who already stopped in 2019 due to the birth of her daughter Orla, announced this Wednesday that she will not compete in the 2022 season as she is expecting her second child with the former cyclist Philip Deignan for next September and prefers to focus entirely on the pregnancy process.

In statements collected by the Trek-Segafredo Deignan team, he expressed his feelings after the announcement. “Having a baby is a big decision, but it hasn’t been difficult for us. We want to have a big family and I think it’s time to have another child. Orla is ready to have a little brother and I feel like I’m ready to give the step and have another baby. Having an established team and a fixed place where we live has also helped us. Expanding our family is an emotional but logical decision.”

After hearing the news, Trek-Segafredo’s support for Deignan has been resounding and the team itself has shown its commitment to the runner by confirming that she will not race in 2022 to focus on her pregnancy while announcing that Deignan will continue to be linked to the team for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. In fact, the team already signed Deignan in 2018 when she was pregnant with her first child and, just like now, they also gave her their full support. “It’s been a very emotional experience. When I spoke to the Trek and told them about my pregnancy, they were very supportive. I also told Ina, my sport director was ‘That’s fucking fantastic, congratulations!’ It means a lot to me to have this support. I am a professional athlete from a great cycling team, but the support has been very close and I am incredibly grateful.”

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