Pooley solos to victory in Lekeitio

Briton takes over leader's jersey from Teutenberg

Emma Pooley (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) soloed to victory on stage 2 of the Emakumeen Euskal Bira and took over the general classification lead on a day in which the peloton was shattered by the stage's four categorised climbs.

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Stichting-Rabo Women) won the sprint for second from a 10-rider chase group which finished 20 seconds behind Pooley.

Pooley now leads overall with nine riders clustered behind her at eight seconds. Stage 2 runner-up Annemiek Van Vleuten holds second followed by Trixi Worrack (Specialized-lululemon) in third. Overnight race leader Ina Teutenberg finished in a group 6:50 back and dropped to 32nd overall.

An 11-rider group formed the first attack of the day after 50km of racing, which soon ballooned to a 31-rider strong lead group. The front group then blew apart on the category 2 Lekoitz Gane ascent, whose summit is situated 19km from the finish, with Pooley leading a six-rider escape over the top. The Briton was accompanied by teammates Lucinda Brand and Lizzie Armitstead, Amanda Spratt (GreenEdge-AIS), Eleonora Van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) and Mascha Pijnenborg (Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam).

The escape grew in numbers on the descent but once again Pooley pushed the pace on the final climb, the category 3 Milloi Gane, drawing out teammate Lucinda Brand plus Amanda Spratt.

Spratt would be unable to keep contact with the AA Drink-Leontien.nl duo, and then Brand, too, would be dropped by her teammate as she continued solo to the finish line.

A 10-rider chase group would consolidate behind Pooley, but they were unable to bring back the flying Briton and crossed the finish line in Lekeitio 20 seconds back.

Full Results
1 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 2:35:31  
2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women 0:00:20  
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon    
4 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home    
5 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink    
6 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS    
7 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl    
8 Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl    
9 Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS    
10 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl    
11 Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
12 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS 0:00:43  
13 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam 0:00:44  
14 Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon 0:01:20  
15 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango    
16 Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 0:04:24  
17 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home    
18 Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
19 Srah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) German National Team    
20 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Lointek    
21 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Be Pink    
22 Giada Borgato (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
23 Anouska Koster (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
24 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team    
25 Linda Villumsen (NZl) Greenedge-AIS    
26 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl    
27 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia National Team    
28 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting-Rabo Women    
29 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge-AIS    
30 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos    
31 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Specialized lululemon    
32 Madeleine Sanding (Ger) German National Team 0:06:50  
33 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink    
34 Katie Colclough (Ger) Specialized lululemon    
35 Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team    
36 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized lululemon    
37 Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Specialized lululemon    
38 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge-AIS    
39 Roxane Knenemann (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women    
40 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
41 Julia Ilynikh (Rus) Lointek 0:10:32  
42 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Michela Fanini    
43 Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
44 Anna Potokina (Rus) Lointek    
45 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) German National Team    
46 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
47 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
48 Ana Usabiaga (Spa) Lointek    
49 Linnea Fredang (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
50 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Faren Honda Team    
51 Doris Schweizer (Swi) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
52 Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
53 Ane Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
54 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Faren Honda Team    
55 Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
56 Sinead Noonan (Aus) Australia National Team    
57 Jessica Allen (Aus) Australia National Team    
58 Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
59 Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team    
60 Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia National Team    
61 Petra Zrimsek (Slo) Be Pink    
62 Viviana Gatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
63 Ann- Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
64 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) German National Team    
65 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Michela Fanini    
66 Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team    
67 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini    
68 Anna Ramirez (Spa) Ouribike    
69 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team    
70 Lise Oliviers (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
71 Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
72 Kanis Janneke (Ned) Skil-Argos    
73 Mieke Kroger (Ger) German National Team    
74 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team    
75 Annelie Van Doorslaer (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team    
76 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting-Rabo Women    
77 Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil-Argos    
78 Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
79 Sara Grifi (Ita) Michela Fanini    
80 Malin Rydlund (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
81 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women    
82 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Be Pink    
83 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women    
84 Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team    
85 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
86 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
87 Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team 0:15:14  
88 Linnea Sjoblom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
DNF Julia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda Team    
DNF Amaia Martioda (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
DNF Dorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
DNF Joana Patricio (Por) Ouribike    
DNF Rute Costa (Por) Ouribike    
DNF Cristina Aznar (Spa) Ouribike    
DNF Ella Michal (Isr) Michela Fanini    
DNF Azucena Sanchez (Spa) Michela Fanini    
DNF Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Skil-Argos    
DNF Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Skil-Argos    
DNF Beata Sandstrom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
DNF Erika Cecchel (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
DNF Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
DNF Elena Berlato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
DNF Margot Ortega (Fra) Lointek    
DNF Mireia Epelde (Spa) Lointek    
DNF Alice Tagliapietra (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
DNF Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Hitec Products - Mistral Home    
DNS Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home    
Points
1 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 25 pts
2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women 20  
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon 16  
4 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 14  
5 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink 12  
6 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS 10  
7 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 9  
8 Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 8  
9 Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS 7  
10 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 6  
11 Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 5  
12 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS 4  
13 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam 3  
14 Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon 2  
15 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango 1  
Mountain 1 - Milloi Gane (Cat. 3) 7.6km
1 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 3 pts
2 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 2  
3 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 1  
Mountain 2 - Miloi Gane (Cat. 3) 39.6km
1 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 3 pts
2 Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team 2  
3 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango 1  
Mountain 3 - Lekoitz Gane (Cat. 2) 79km
1 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 6 pts
2 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS 4  
3 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 2  
4 Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 1  
Mountain 4 - Milloi Gane (Cat. 3) 90.5km
1 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 3 pts
2 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 2  
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 1  
Sprint 1 - Berriatu Hiria, 12km
1 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini 5 pts
2 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon 3  
3 Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara 1  
Sprint 2 - Berriatu Hiria, 44km
1 Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team 5 pts
2 Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team 3  
3 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 1  
Teams
1 AA Drink-Leontien.nl 7:47:13  
2 Greenedge - AIS 0:00:43  
3 Team Specialized - Lululemon 0:05:24  
4 Be Pink 0:10:54  
5 Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team    
6 Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam 0:11:18  
7 Bizkaia - Durango 0:11:32  
8 German National Team 0:21:06  
9 Australian National Team    
10 Lointek 0:24:48  
11 Diadora - Pasta Zara    
12 Faren Honda Team    
13 Lotto Belisol Ladies    
14 Skil-Argos    
15 Fassa Bortolo - Servetto 0:30:56  
16 Alriksson Go:Green    
17 S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
18 Kleo Ladies Team    
General classification after stage 2
1 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 5:05:27  
2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women 0:00:08  
3 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon    
4 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink    
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home    
6 Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
7 Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS    
8 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS    
9 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl    
10 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl    
11 Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 0:00:28  
12 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS 0:00:31  
13 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam 0:00:32  
14 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango 0:01:08  
15 Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon 0:01:20  
16 Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 0:04:12  
17 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home    
18 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos    
19 Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
20 Anouska Koster (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
21 Srah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) German National Team    
22 Giada Borgato (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
23 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Lointek    
24 Linda Villumsen (NZl) Greenedge-AIS    
25 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia National Team    
26 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting-Rabo Women    
27 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team    
28 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge-AIS    
29 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Specialized lululemon    
30 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 0:04:24  
31 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Be Pink    
32 Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Specialized lululemon 0:06:38  
33 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
34 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge-AIS    
35 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink    
36 Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team    
37 Madeleine Sanding (Ger) German National Team    
38 Roxane Knenemann (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women    
39 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized lululemon 0:07:05  
40 Katie Colclough (Ger) Specialized lululemon 0:07:13  
41 Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara 0:10:20  
42 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
43 Julia Ilynikh (Rus) Lointek    
44 Ana Usabiaga (Spa) Lointek    
45 Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team    
46 Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team    
47 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini    
48 Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) German National Team    
49 Sinead Noonan (Aus) Australia National Team    
50 Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
51 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team    
52 Annelie Van Doorslaer (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team    
53 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting-Rabo Women    
54 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Michela Fanini    
55 Linnea Fredang (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
56 Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
57 Mieke Kroger (Ger) German National Team    
58 Anna Potokina (Rus) Lointek 0:10:32  
59 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
60 Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
61 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Faren Honda Team    
62 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) German National Team    
63 Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
64 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Faren Honda Team    
65 Sara Grifi (Ita) Michela Fanini    
66 Kanis Janneke (Ned) Skil-Argos    
67 Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team    
68 Lise Oliviers (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team    
69 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team    
70 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women    
71 Malin Rydlund (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green    
72 Ann- Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team 0:10:40  
73 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Michela Fanini    
74 Anna Ramirez (Spa) Ouribike    
75 Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara    
76 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women 0:10:42  
77 Doris Schweizer (Swi) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto 0:10:44  
78 Viviana Gatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto    
79 Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia National Team 0:10:45  
80 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam    
81 Petra Zrimsek (Slo) Be Pink 0:11:04  
82 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Be Pink 0:11:14  
83 Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil-Argos 0:11:17  
84 Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team 0:15:02  
85 Linnea Sjoblom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green 0:15:14  
86 Ane Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 0:17:22  
87 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team 0:17:30  
88 Jessica Allen (Aus) Australia National Team 0:17:32  
Points classification
1 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon 35 pts
2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women 34  
3 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 25  
4 Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Specialized lululemon 25  
5 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink 21  
6 Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 20  
7 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 19  
8 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini 15  
9 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam 12  
10 Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS 10  
11 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos 10  
12 Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara 10  
13 Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team 9  
14 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 9  
15 Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 8  
16 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge-AIS 8  
17 Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS 7  
18 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 7  
19 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 6  
20 Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team 6  
21 Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango 5  
22 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS 4  
23 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam 3  
24 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto 3  
25 Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon 2  
Mountains classification
1 Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 12 pts
2 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 9  
3 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 4  
4 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS 4  
5 Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team 2  
6 Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green 2  
7 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 1  
8 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 1  
9 Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl 1  
10 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango 1  
Sprint classification
1 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini 15 pts
2 Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team 6  
3 Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team 5  
4 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon 3  
5 Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara 3  
6 Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home 1  
7 Katie Colclough (Ger) Specialized lululemon 1  
8 Julia Ilynikh (Rus) Lointek 1  
9 Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara 1  
Teams classification
1 AA Drink-Leontien.nl 15:16:25  
2 Greenedge - AIS 0:00:43  
3 Team Specialized - Lululemon 0:05:24  
4 Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 0:10:54  
5 Be Pink 0:11:06  
6 Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam 0:11:18  
7 Bizkaia - Durango 0:11:44  
8 German National Team 0:21:06  
9 Australian National Team    
10 Lointek 0:24:48  
11 Diadora - Pasta Zara    
12 Faren Honda Team 0:25:00  
13 Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:25:12  
14 Skil-Argos 0:25:47  
15 Kleo Ladies Team 0:30:56  
16 Fassa Bortolo - Servetto 0:31:08  
17 S.C. Michela Fanini Rox    
18 Alriksson Go:Green    

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