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Emma Pooley takes time to chat after winning Montreal
Emma Pooley is the powerful British rider who dominated the Montreal World Cup yesterday. She took time out to chat to WCN.
I couldn't really count on not being caught until the finish line. I was
trying to distract myself from worrying about it (and the pain in my legs)
by singing to myself. Not out loud! In the final 200m or so, when I was
pretty sure nothing could go wrong (!) I was just happy."
The win is exciting, but was there a level of disappointment that you were
out on your own for so long?
EP: 'No, I
don't think I can be disappointed: I had to work hard to earn the win
because there were teams chasing behind- it's not like they just let me ride
off and take it easily. In some respects being solo is easier than in a
small group because you know exactly how much you can give, you don't have
to worry about one of your breakaway companions only working 90% and saving
themselves to attack you later in the race. And I wasn't really on my own
because Manel [Team Director] was in the car behind talking me through it,
and I knew my team mates were behind covering the moves and ready to
counter-attack if I got caught. The only down side really is it does get a
bit lonely over 3 hours!"
difficult was the transition from Europe to
Thursday the combination of jetlag and a 10-day stage race in the legs was
pretty knackering. We had a couple of days to recover though."
Season so far;
WCN:The last 12
months have seen tremendous change for you, what were your low and high
EP: "Low points... the Tour de l'Aude 2008, going back to work after the end of the 2008 season (not that I don't enjoy my PhD, but the transition was difficult), and crashing in FlÍche Wallonne this year."
points... last year's Tour de
WCN: Do you feel
you have an advantage at the World Championships [if selected ] given
really. I think most national teams have the opportunity to go and check the
course out in advance and I don't live particularly close so it's not like I
can train on it regularly. In fact I haven't even looked at the course yet!
I suppose it does add an incentive to do well, and it means I might have
some friends out supporting, but of course everyone wants to do well at the
world championships anyway."
WCN: Who of the
British riders coming through are standing out for you?
are so many talented young riders from GB. Lizzy Armitstead had an
outstanding race at Tour de l'Aude (she won the young riders' jersey) but I
was impressed with all the riders from the National team who were there, to
get through a race as tough as that in (mostly) their first senior year of
racing is quite something. Jess Allen is a really good rider too I think and
one to watch for the future."
been the most challenging aspects of your life over the last 12 months?
found all the post-Olympics attention quite difficult to deal with. It was
still mid-season and I was trying to work in my "spare" time too
so I just didn't have the time to agree to any of the requests for
appearances, which made me feel bad because a lot of them were charities. It
probably would have been helpful to have an agent but I didn't realise that
until it was too late! Fortunately most of that has gone away now."
you still studying? If yes how long left, if no are you glad it is over?
EP: "Yes, I'm at the data-analysis and writing-up stage of my PhD. I hope to hand my thesis in by the end of the year. I expect it'll take a while after that to get the corrections done and pass the exam."
WCN would like
to thank Emma for taking the time to chat to us. We wish her luck for the
Tour du Montreal this week and the rest of the season.
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