73km to go. The time gaps are fluctuating but Van Vleuten is holding strong at the front. She will be concerned that she has been unable to stretch the gap further.
On the side of the roads the Yorkshire crowds are deep and loud, they have also been blessed with sunshine in late September too.
80km to go. The peloton is going backwards, the chase riders have about 3mins on the bunch behind, Van Vleuten is holding her gap.
87km to go. The gap to Van Vleuten is coming down a bit, back below 50 seconds. Behind Deignan and co., the likes of Marianne Vos and Chantal Blaak are losing time in the main peloton. The gap is about 1min 20 secs between the peloton and the chasers, meaning that currently only Dutch riders are in any position to win. Currently the Netherlands are wasting the majority of their deep squad.
97km to go. Alongside Deignan in the chasing group we have Van der Breggen (NED), Elisa Longo Borghini, Soraya Paladin (ITA), Clara Koppenburg (GER), Amanda Spratt (AUS), Chloe Dygert, Tayler Wiles , Ruth Winder (USA), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) and Ashleigh Pasio-Moolman (RSA).
101km to go. Van Vleuten is haring down the hill, she has 1min 10secs on the chasers.
103km to go. Van Vleuten has got out to about a 55 seconds on the chasers, there is not a lot of the climb left. Deignan has a little dart and takes a few riders with her, whittling down the group further.
104km to go. Annemiek van Vleuten is putting the pedal down and Deignan initially started to go with her before opting to ride within herself. The two-time time trial world champion is pulling away but there is an elite group behind her, featuring Deignan and Anna van der Breggen.
109km to go. Just a few more kilomtres before we hit Lofthouse. There is a bit of jostling from the major teams to ensure they are well positioned for the climb.
119km to go. The British team are together at the front of the peloton as they go through a more serene part of the course. We get the major climb in about 12 kilometres, that should liven things up a bit.
128km to go. Banks goes down again at the back of the peloton, again it is nothing serious but New Zealand’s Ella Banks suffers a lengthier bike issue and loses about 30 seconds in a bike change.
129km to go. The Dutch are not holding back, sending Floortje Mackaij up the road now the peloton will have to chase briefly. With an eight woman squad to draw on, the Netherlands can throw a few different looks at the peloton.
130km to go. We already have a bit of a split in the peloton on Norwood Edge as the Dutch pace us up the hill. It is only a two kilometre climb but it is enough to do some damage and we have already whittled down the front group to around 40 riders.
135km to go. We have had about 14 kilometres since the flag dropped in Bradford and we will soon be heading up the course’s two climbs, Norwood Edge and the Lofthouse. They are unlikely to be decisive, with the real action to unfold on circuits around Harrogate. Deignan is well set but there was a brief scare for teammate Lizzy Banks, with a little technical issue, but she got back on.
The Cycling World Championships may be in Yorkshire but all roads for the women’s title go through the Netherlands. Bad news for home fans and Lizzie Deignan with her hopes of regaining the crown she won in 2015 appearing slim. Not only is Deignan battling one of the deepest Dutch squads ever assembled but also a host of former Boels-Dolmans teammates.
A collective palmarès that includes five road and two time trial world titles, two road Olympic golds, 40 stage and four overall wins at the Giro Rosa as well as a long list of victories in the cycling calendar’s one-day classics means it would be a shock to see no shades of orange stood on top of the podium come the end of the race.
Defending champion Anna van der Breggen is backed up by Marianne Vos, with Annemiek van Vleuten, the 2017 world road champion Chantal Blaak and Amy Pieters also on the roster the best chance for any challenger might be for the Dutch to beat themselves.
Deignan returned to the road in April after after giving birth to her daughter Orla last year and knows she only has an outside chance on her home turf. A win at the Women’s Tour in June is her best result since coming back but if she were to take advantage of home comforts again that would represent another level entirely. “To win here would be elation rather than relief,” she told the BBC ahead of the race, referencing her favourite status in 2015. Perhaps reduced pressure could be just the ticket.