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Round 4 - Pooley climbs to Victory, Vos stays comfortably in World Cup lead

La Fleche Wallone, Belgium, 98km

Race Writeup

Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) added an important victory to her resume, with a win up the gruelling Mur de Huy. Nicole Cooke (GBR) a former winner was second 8 seconds behind Pooley and Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) was on her wheel. Cook overtook Johansson in the closing few metres to the line.

Pooley took off on the steepest section of the Mur de Huy on the second and definitive ascent of the notoriously tough final climb, a little earlier than instructed but which ensured she could celebrate the fourth World Cup win of her career in style.

Sixth in the same event two years ago, the Cervélo Test Team rider was at the head of the pack as they approached the ‘S' bend, the toughest section of the climb. She didn't feel assured of the victory until she crossed the line, the gradient eases in the final 200 metres of the course and she was aware of the threat of the 'power' riders behind her such as Vos and Cooke.

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Post Race Comments

Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) is one of the smallest riders in the peloton and took advantage of that to dance her way up the 19% climb, she also recognised that her team had been responsible for her coming to the Mur, as rested as possible and ready to strike. "I have never got to the end of a race having done so little work," she said later. "I didn't have to do anything at all."

"We had a really good team, really any of them could have won today. I wouldn't have won today if all my other team-mates hadn't been so tired from chasing down the breaks. All I had to do was the last kilometre. Really it was them who won the race!

Pooley said she had attacked a little earlier than instructed "because I was really impatient and a bit nervous I might fall off my bike in all the excitement!"

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Emma Pooley  Cervelo Test Team 3:01:27
2 Nicole Cooke Great Britain 0:00:08
3 Emma Johansson  Redsun Cycling Team
4 Grace Verbeke  Lotto Ladies Team 0:00:12
5 Evelyn Stevens  HTC Columbia Women 0:00:17
6 Marianne Vos  Nederland Bloeit 0:00:22
7 Tatiana Guderzo  Team Valdarno
8 Elena Berlato  Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi 0:00:27
9 Judith Arndt  HTC Columbia Women 0:00:40
10 Eleonora Patuzzo  Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan 0:00:42

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Standings Top 10 - click here to see full standings

Position Name Country/Team Points
1 Marianne Vos  Nederland Bloeit 155
2 Grace Verbeke  Lotto Ladies Team 114
3 Emma Johansson  Redsun Cycling Team 101
4 Emma Pooley   Cervelo TestTeam 82
5 Nicole Cooke Great Britain 78
6 Loes Gunnewjik Nederland Bloeit 75
7 Annemiek Van Vleuten   Nederland Bloeit 70
8 Martine Bras  Gauss 57
9 Noemi Cantele   HTC Columbia Women 54
10 Chantal Blaak   Leontien.nl 51

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