Road World Cup 2008
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Trofeo Binda, Cittiglio, Italy 120km
Pooley (Team Specialised Designs) was a very surprised winner of the 2nd
World Cup race in Cittiglio, Italy. Pooley attacked with 40km to go and
was not chased down in time by the peloton. The talented British rider
managed to stay away to win in style, with plenty of time to celebrate
across the line.
the first of the mountain classifications, a small group attacked. It
included Veronica Balderas Leal (Gauss), Fei Wang (Giant Pro Cycling) and
Oxana Kozonchuk (Menikini). They managed to get a gap of 1 minute 20m
seconds on the chasers but the gap closed on the decent and a group of 15
riders formed. They had a small gap of 5 seconds on a group of 15 riders
and the remaining peloton by the time they crossed the start finish area.
The remaining peloton were strung out behind the leaders as the pace sat
at 37.1 km per hour.
assent of the mountain for the second time The peloton were all together
led by Leal, Kori Seehafer (Menikini) and Kozonchuk. With 57 km completed,
Martine Bras (Vrienden Van Het Platteland) tried a solo attack and managed
to gain 25 seconds before she was brought back into the peloton by Top
Girl Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line and Equipe Nürnberger leading the chase.
race stayed together until 76km to go when an attack at the foot of the
third assent of the Orino climb from Cervelo’s Priska Doppmann, Miho Oki
(Menikini-Selle Italia, Pooley split the peloton. Pooley counterattacked
immediately and quickly gained valuable seconds. At the top of the climb
she had 16 seconds on the chasers who had been swolled up by the bunch.
Nicole Brändli (Bigla) and Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo) tried to close the
gap to Pooley but could not match the speed of the British rider. With 86
km of the race completed Pooley had a gap of 42 seconds and there was no
noticeable response from the peloton.
the 4th assent of the Orino climb, Pooley had a gap of 2
minutes 20 seconds ahead of Doppmann who was the only other rider to try
to bridge the gap. With 102km of the race completed Doppmann was at 2
minutes 7 seconds and the remaining peloton was at 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Pooley maintained her tempo over the final time over the climb and
powered her way down the decent. Leading the peloton over the climb at 2
minutes gap, were the current World Champion Marta Bastianelli (Safi-Pasta
Zara Manhattan), Nicole Cooke (Team Halfords Bikehut) and Armstrong, they
did not manage to close the gap to Pooley.
With no conclusive chase from the peloton, Pooley secured an easy win, 1 minute 7 seconds ahead of the bunch sprint, which was won by Suzanne De Goede (Equipe Nürnberger and Diana Ziliute (Safi-Pasta Zara).
Pooley now leads the World Cup series as it heads towards the third round at the Tour of Flanders on April 6th. Second is Geelong winner and Binda absentee, Kathryn Mattis. The American is about to undergo surgery on her broken collarbone, sustained in the Tour of New Zealand a couple of weeks ago. Third is De Goede and fourth, Emma Rickards who was second in Geelong.
Pooley (Team Specialised)
was a very happy winner of the Trofeo Binda world cup race. Speaking
immediately after the race she said, “I am very surprised to have
won”. “When I attacked I was waiting for the chase to come but it
didn’t. I knew that if it did, we had good strength in the team to still
have a chance but it didn’t come to that” added Pooley. “I would have thought that they
could have organized a chase, especially as I am known for attacking like
that” said Pooley. “I am a time trialer and able to keep a good tempo so for me it is
easy to be out there on my own” she added.
the press conference after the race, Pooley chatted about this season and
her decision to stay with Specialized rather than join the new
Halfords/Bike Hut team of Nicole Cooke. “I
had already agreed to stay with Specialized before Halfords was formed and
to be honest I am really happy with the support that I have been getting
from the team. I also have a part time job in Switzerland and I am happy
with things as they are, I like the way things are and don’t want to
change this just yet. Not that I would not have got great support from the
Halfords team, this is better for me” said Pooley.
had an 8th place in the time trial and a 10th place
in the road race at the 2007 World Championships She discussed how this
ranked in her career “Pretty high up there, in fact probably the best
result ever for me” she said.
will race next week end and prepare for the next World Cup in Flanders.
De Goede (Equipe Nürnberger) was very happy with her ride. “The
team worked really had today, we were up the front for much of the race
and I was well positioned for the sprint and knew that I could do a good
one” said De Goede.
Ziliute (Safe-Pasta Zara) jumped
off the wheel of De Goede but could not quite take second place on the
tried so hard to get second but could not do it “said Ziliute. “My
team worked well today, it is early in the season but we are very happy”
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