British Cycling has confirmed that Olympic time trial silver medallist and 2010 world champion Emma Pooley will return to the Great Britain Cycling Team for the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, lining her up for selection for the hilly time trial at the Rio Olympics.
Pooley will line-up in Great Britain colours alongside the current world champion Lizzie Armitstead and ride the 135km race, which takes place on Saturday 30th April, during the three-day men’s Tour de Yorkshire.
Pooley enjoyed a successful career in road racing before retiring from in 2014 and focused on long-distance triathlon and duathlon. Having been crowned as the long-distance duathlon world champion in both 2014 and 2015, Pooley is keen to make her cycling comeback while continuing her professional triathlon and biathlon career while based in Switzerland.
“I’m really looking forward to joining up with my Great Britain teammates for the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire race and I’m looking forward to racing on the road again,” she said in a statement from British Cycling.
“The Tour de Yorkshire race will be awesome because it’s on the same course as the men’s race, and Yorkshire has seen such amazing growth in cycling in the last few years. It looks like a great course.
British Cycling confirmed that Pooley’s comeback puts her in contention for selection for Great Britain team for the Rio Olympics, with the time trial course expected to suit her climbing abilities. She would also likely ride the road race in support of Armitstead a few days before the time trial event.
British Cycling’s technical director Shane Sutton confirmed that the Great Britain team for Rio will be selected at the end of June or early July, with British Cycling apparently confident Pooley can challenge for a medal on the testing 29.8km Grumari circuit that includes a 1.2km climb.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Emma back in action for us at the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire – Emma is a phenomenal athlete and will be an asset to the team,” Sutton said.
“Emma has committed herself to training for the Olympic time trial event in Rio, and we appreciate and support the sacrifice she is making to be in the best possible shape for this event. The Olympic team will be selected at the end of June and announced in early July.”