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Deignan seals Womens' Tour victory in Carmarthenshire

Riders descending in the Black Mountains during today's stage Credit: David Oddy

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

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

Credit: David Oddy

Dutch rider Amy Pieters claimed the final stage, beating Leah Kirchmann and Roxane Fournier to the line. Pieters placed third overall, 23 seconds behind Deignan, who crossed the line in 8th position today.

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.

– Lizzie Deignan, OVO Energy Womens' Tour champion

It caps an exciting two days for Welsh cycling fans, with the closing stages of this year's tour unfolding in their back yard.

Dubbed 'the hardest two days in race history' on the tour website, stage 5 saw riders race from Llandrindod Wells through the Powys countryside, before finishing at the Royal Welsh Show ground in Builth Wells.

Today's final stage, which got underway at Carmarthen velodrome, took in the unforgiving Black Mountains and a sprint finish at Pembrey Country Park.