Lizzie Deignan: Shocking photo of cyclist's handlebars goes viral after Paris-Roubaix win

Lizzie Deignan

Britain is celebrating another major sporting record as Lizzie Deignan writes her name in the history books.

The 32-year-old cyclist marked a huge milestone on Saturday as she became the first female to win the Paris-Roubaix Femmes.

In the 125 years the men's tournament has been running, no British man has ever crossed the finish line first – Deignan did it on her first try. 

Now dubbed the Queen of the Cobbles, the two-time Women's Road World Cup champion kept her composure on the notorious surface of the circuit.

She kept ahead of Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos, who pushed to close the gap on her opponent in the unruly weather conditions.

Deignan was leading the peloton by two minutes and 30 seconds as she reached the cobbles – or the 'hell of the north' as they have become known to Paris-Roubaix competitors. 

Deignan finished the race with a total time of 2:56:07, one minute and 17 seconds ahead of Vos.

Her hard work and determination on the circuit was clear in her emphatic win but a post-race image has solidified just how much of a shift the Brit put in under the difficult weather conditions.

A photo taken by Trek-Segafredo, Deignan's cycling team, shows the Brit's handlebar coated in blood as a result of the intensity of racing on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles.

Trek-Segafredo also uploaded an image of Deignan's palms, which were badly blistered from the ride.

"How brutal is #ParisRoubaixFemmes? This brutal," the caption read.

But despite her injuries, the Brit was delighted with her performance and indeed, her history-making win.

"I feel so incredibly proud – women's cycling is at a turning point and today is a part of history," she said after the race.

Deignan will now shift her attention to the the Women's Tour of Britain, where she will vie to retain her title from 2019. The Women's Tour will get underway on Monday, October 4th and will run until Friday, October 9th.

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