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
1Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl2:35:31 
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women0:00:20 
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon  
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home  
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink  
6Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS  
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl  
8Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl  
9Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS  
10Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl  
11Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
12Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS0:00:43 
13Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam0:00:44 
14Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon0:01:20 
15Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango  
16Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink-Leontien.nl0:04:24 
17Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home  
18Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
19Srah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) German National Team  
20Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Lointek  
21Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Be Pink  
22Giada Borgato (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
23Anouska Koster (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam  
24Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team  
25Linda Villumsen (NZl) Greenedge-AIS  
26Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl  
27Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia National Team  
28Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting-Rabo Women  
29Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge-AIS  
30Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos  
31Charlotte Becker (Ger) Specialized lululemon  
32Madeleine Sanding (Ger) German National Team0:06:50 
33Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink  
34Katie Colclough (Ger) Specialized lululemon  
35Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team  
36Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized lululemon  
37Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Specialized lululemon  
38Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge-AIS  
39Roxane Knenemann (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women  
40Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam  
41Julia Ilynikh (Rus) Lointek0:10:32 
42Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Michela Fanini  
43Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
44Anna Potokina (Rus) Lointek  
45Stephanie Pohl (Ger) German National Team  
46Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
47Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
48Ana Usabiaga (Spa) Lointek  
49Linnea Fredang (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
50Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Faren Honda Team  
51Doris Schweizer (Swi) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
52Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
53Ane Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
54Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Faren Honda Team  
55Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
56Sinead Noonan (Aus) Australia National Team  
57Jessica Allen (Aus) Australia National Team  
58Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
59Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team  
60Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia National Team  
61Petra Zrimsek (Slo) Be Pink  
62Viviana Gatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
63Ann- Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
64Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) German National Team  
65Lorena Foresi (Ita) Michela Fanini  
66Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team  
67Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini  
68Anna Ramirez (Spa) Ouribike  
69Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team  
70Lise Oliviers (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
71Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
72Kanis Janneke (Ned) Skil-Argos  
73Mieke Kroger (Ger) German National Team  
74Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team  
75Annelie Van Doorslaer (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
76Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting-Rabo Women  
77Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil-Argos  
78Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
79Sara Grifi (Ita) Michela Fanini  
80Malin Rydlund (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
81Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women  
82Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Be Pink  
83Thalita De Jong (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women  
84Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
85Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam  
86Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
87Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team0:15:14 
88Linnea Sjoblom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
DNFJulia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda Team  
DNFAmaia Martioda (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFDorleta Eskamendi (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFJoana Patricio (Por) Ouribike  
DNFRute Costa (Por) Ouribike  
DNFCristina Aznar (Spa) Ouribike  
DNFElla Michal (Isr) Michela Fanini  
DNFAzucena Sanchez (Spa) Michela Fanini  
DNFLinda Van Rijen (Ned) Skil-Argos  
DNFMonique Van De Ree (Ned) Skil-Argos  
DNFBeata Sandstrom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
DNFErika Cecchel (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
DNFJennifer Fiori (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
DNFElena Berlato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
DNFMargot Ortega (Fra) Lointek  
DNFMireia Epelde (Spa) Lointek  
DNFAlice Tagliapietra (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
DNFSylwia Kapusta (Pol) Hitec Products - Mistral Home  
DNSSara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home  
1Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl25pts
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women20 
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon16 
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home14 
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink12 
6Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS10 
7Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl9 
8Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl8 
9Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS7 
10Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl6 
11Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango5 
12Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS4 
13Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam3 
14Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon2 
15Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango1 
Mountain 1 - Milloi Gane (Cat. 3) 7.6km
1Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home3pts
2Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl2 
3Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl1 
Mountain 2 - Miloi Gane (Cat. 3) 39.6km
1Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home3pts
2Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team2 
3Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango1 
Mountain 3 - Lekoitz Gane (Cat. 2) 79km
1Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl6pts
2Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS4 
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl2 
4Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl1 
Mountain 4 - Milloi Gane (Cat. 3) 90.5km
1Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl3pts
2Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl2 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home1 
Sprint 1 - Berriatu Hiria, 12km
1Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini5pts
2Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon3 
3Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara1 
Sprint 2 - Berriatu Hiria, 44km
1Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team5pts
2Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team3 
3Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home1 
1AA Drink-Leontien.nl7:47:13 
2Greenedge - AIS0:00:43 
3Team Specialized - Lululemon0:05:24 
4Be Pink0:10:54 
5Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
6Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam0:11:18 
7Bizkaia - Durango0:11:32 
8German National Team0:21:06 
9Australian National Team  
11Diadora - Pasta Zara  
12Faren Honda Team  
13Lotto Belisol Ladies  
15Fassa Bortolo - Servetto0:30:56 
16Alriksson Go:Green  
17S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
18Kleo Ladies Team  
General classification after stage 2
1Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl5:05:27 
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women0:00:08 
3Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon  
4Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink  
5Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home  
6Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
7Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS  
8Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS  
9Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl  
10Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl  
11Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl0:00:28 
12Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS0:00:31 
13Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam0:00:32 
14Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango0:01:08 
15Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon0:01:20 
16Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink-Leontien.nl0:04:12 
17Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home  
18Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos  
19Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
20Anouska Koster (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam  
21Srah-Lena Hofmann (Ger) German National Team  
22Giada Borgato (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
23Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Lointek  
24Linda Villumsen (NZl) Greenedge-AIS  
25Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia National Team  
26Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting-Rabo Women  
27Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team  
28Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge-AIS  
29Charlotte Becker (Ger) Specialized lululemon  
30Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl0:04:24 
31Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Be Pink  
32Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Specialized lululemon0:06:38 
33Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam  
34Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge-AIS  
35Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink  
36Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team  
37Madeleine Sanding (Ger) German National Team  
38Roxane Knenemann (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women  
39Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized lululemon0:07:05 
40Katie Colclough (Ger) Specialized lululemon0:07:13 
41Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara0:10:20 
42Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
43Julia Ilynikh (Rus) Lointek  
44Ana Usabiaga (Spa) Lointek  
45Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team  
46Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team  
47Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini  
48Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) German National Team  
49Sinead Noonan (Aus) Australia National Team  
50Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
51Petra Dijkman (Ned) Kleo Ladies Team  
52Annelie Van Doorslaer (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
53Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting-Rabo Women  
54Martina Ruzickova (Cze) Michela Fanini  
55Linnea Fredang (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
56Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
57Mieke Kroger (Ger) German National Team  
58Anna Potokina (Rus) Lointek0:10:32 
59Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
60Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
61Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Faren Honda Team  
62Stephanie Pohl (Ger) German National Team  
63Cristina Alcalde (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
64Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Faren Honda Team  
65Sara Grifi (Ita) Michela Fanini  
66Kanis Janneke (Ned) Skil-Argos  
67Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
68Lise Oliviers (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team  
69Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team  
70Thalita De Jong (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women  
71Malin Rydlund (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green  
72Ann- Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team0:10:40 
73Lorena Foresi (Ita) Michela Fanini  
74Anna Ramirez (Spa) Ouribike  
75Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara  
76Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women0:10:42 
77Doris Schweizer (Swi) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto0:10:44 
78Viviana Gatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto  
79Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia National Team0:10:45 
80Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam  
81Petra Zrimsek (Slo) Be Pink0:11:04 
82Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Be Pink0:11:14 
83Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil-Argos0:11:17 
84Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team0:15:02 
85Linnea Sjoblom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green0:15:14 
86Ane Santesteban (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:17:22 
87Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team0:17:30 
88Jessica Allen (Aus) Australia National Team0:17:32 
Points classification
1Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon35pts
2Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Stichting-Rabo Women34 
3Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl25 
4Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Specialized lululemon25 
5Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Be Pink21 
6Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink-Leontien.nl20 
7Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home19 
8Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini15 
9Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam12 
10Claudia Hausler (Ger) Greenedge-AIS10 
11Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil-Argos10 
12Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara10 
13Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team9 
14Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl9 
15Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl8 
16Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Greenedge-AIS8 
17Judith Arndt (Ger) Greenedge-AIS7 
18Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home7 
19Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl6 
20Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team6 
21Anna Sanchis (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango5 
22Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS4 
23Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam3 
24Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo-Servetto3 
25Eleonora Van Dikj (Ned) Specialized lululemon2 
Mountains classification
1Emma Pooley (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl12pts
2Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home9 
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl4 
4Amanda Spratt (Aus) Greenedge-AIS4 
5Hannes Kaat (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies Team2 
6Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Team Alriksson Go Green2 
7Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home1 
8Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl1 
9Lizzie Amitstead (GBr) AA Drink-Leontien.nl1 
10Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango1 
Sprint classification
1Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Michela Fanini15pts
2Cracie Elvin (Aus) Australia National Team6 
3Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team5 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized lululemon3 
5Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora-Pasta Zara3 
6Christel Ferrier (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home1 
7Katie Colclough (Ger) Specialized lululemon1 
8Julia Ilynikh (Rus) Lointek1 
9Francesca Stefani (Ita) Diadora-Pasta Zara1 
Teams classification
1AA Drink-Leontien.nl15:16:25 
2Greenedge - AIS0:00:43 
3Team Specialized - Lululemon0:05:24 
4Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team0:10:54 
5Be Pink0:11:06 
6Dolmans-Boels Cyclingteam0:11:18 
7Bizkaia - Durango0:11:44 
8German National Team0:21:06 
9Australian National Team  
11Diadora - Pasta Zara  
12Faren Honda Team0:25:00 
13Lotto Belisol Ladies0:25:12 
15Kleo Ladies Team0:30:56 
16Fassa Bortolo - Servetto0:31:08 
17S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
18Alriksson Go:Green  

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