25th Emakumeen Bira 2012
Stage 2 - Pooley solos to victory
Lekeitio - Lekeitio, 97.8km
Emma Pooley (AA Drink) managed to break away from the leading group of riders to gain her second win in a week. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Rabo Women) won the bunch sprint for second 20 seconds back. Trixi Worrack (Specialised Lululemon) was third.
The second stage was always set to be one for the climbers. The first climb, a catagory 3 Milloi at 7.6km was monitored by Christel Ferrier (Hitec Products), closely followed by Pooley and teammate Sharon Laws.
At the first sprint at 12 km, which was won by Valentina Scandolara (Michela Fanini), it provided an opportunity for Linda Villumsen (Orica -AIS) to attack. She rode along for 25km before the key teams of Hitec, Rabo Women, AA Drink, Australian and German National Team moved to the front to close the gap before the second time up the Milloi climb.
It was the second sprint at 44 km that broke up the bunch. The pace was set high by Romy Kasper (Germany) and Gacie Elvin (Aus), causing a lead group of five riders that included the overnight leader Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Specialised Lululemon), Australian road champion, Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS), Pooley, Lizzie Armitstead (AA Drink) and Emma Johansson (Hitec). They were joined fifty kilometers by eleven other riders led by French champion Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Hitec Mistral) and the Basque Eneritz Iturriaga Echevarria (Lointek), to form a lead group if thirty one leaders.
When the leading group started the larger loop of Lekoitz, the leader had generated a 1 minute 30 second lead over the rest of the chasers. Ellen Van Dijk (Specialized Lululemon), Armitstead and Lucinda Brand (AA Drink), Spratt (Orica AIS), Australian Jo Hogan (Bizkaia Durango) and Mascha Pijnenborg (Dolmans Boels ) moved to the front. As the leader reached the top of the climb of Lekoitz, Pooley attacked. Spratt went with her followed by Brand and team mate Armitstead.
The leading group split on the decent and a leading group of 13 riders formed. Pooley, Lucinda Brand, Sharon Laws and Lizzie Amitstead (AA Drink), Annemiek Van Vleuten (Rabo Women), Trixi Worrack (Specialized lululemon), Emma Johansson (Hitec), Alena Amialiusik (Be Pink), Spratt, Claudia Hausler, Judith Arndt (Orica -AIS Greenedge), Anna Sanchis ( Bizkaia-Durango) and Pijnenborg (Dolmans-Boels).
The final time over the Milloi climb at 90.5km, Pooley atacked. Team mate Brand went with her and Spratt (Orica -AIS GreenEdge).
Pooley broke away from Brand and Spratt on the decent and eventually the pair were caught by the chasing 9 riders behind them.
Pooley rode solo
to the finish and into the overall lead. Overnight leader, Teutenberg fell
off the pace on the mountains and finished with the main group 6 minutes 50
Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result
General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC
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