Pooley solos to victory in Huy

Cooke, Johansson can't catch flying Briton

Briton's Emma Pooley (Cervelo TestTeam) confirmed she is one of the best climbers in women's cycling by winning Flèche Wallonne with a strong attack on the Muy de Huy climb.

Pooley had earlier been well protected by her teammates, while her rivals were forced to chase other attacks, and so was able to give her all on the climb to the finish. She managed to distance fellow Briton Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) on the steepest section of the Mur de Hut and won by eight seconds. Emma Johansson (Redsun) was third, also at eight seconds. Belgium's Grace Verbeke (Lotto Ladies Team) was fourth at 12 seconds and the USA's Evelyn Stevens (HTC-Columbia) was an impressive fifth at 17 seconds.

Pooley has won other World Cup races but was overjoyed with victory on the Mur de Huy.

"Last year I said I thought I'd never win a World Cup again and said the same thing this year. But this is not any World Cup, it has a lot of tradition," Pooley said as she fought to regain her breath after the steepest final kilometre in professional racing.

"My coach said that one day I'd win it and I told him not to be stupid but it's not me that's won, it's the team and the way the directeur told me to ride. I've never got to the end of a race without having to do so little work because I had the most awesome team behind me. They did absolutely everything for me. After the first time up the Mur, we had four girls in the front group. It came back but I wouldn't have won if the other favourites weren't all tired from chasing the attacks. They (my teammates) won the race. I just had to do the last kilometre."

Pooley start the Mur on the shoulder of Evelyn Stevens because she knew the young but talented American would be a threat. She then took advantage of her strength to weight ratio to win.

"I went just before the S bend. I was supposed to wait for the steep section but I got impatient and was nervous I'd fall off my bike in the excitement, so I went a bit early," she said. "I could see I had a gap but you can never know if some one will come back. It's only 300 metres from the line but it feels like miles."

"I had to take advantage of the steep section because my power is rubbish, it's only my strength to weight that is okay. Of course you can't do that unless you get to the end fresh. I can never usually do that because I waste a lot of energy but today it was like the team babysat me all the way."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo Test Team3:01:27 
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Grande-Bretagne0:00:08 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team  
4Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team0:00:12 
5Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC Columbia Women0:00:17 
6Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:22 
7Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Team Valdarno  
8Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:00:27 
9Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Columbia Women0:00:40 
10Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan0:00:42 
11Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:00:44 
12Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:00:47 
13Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo Test Team0:00:58 
14Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:01:04 
15Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women0:01:23 
16Olena Olinyk (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
17Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team0:01:28 
18Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:01:31 
19Eugenie Mermillod Anseleme (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
20Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:01:34 
21Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan  
22Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
23Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
24Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss Rdz Ormu  
25Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team0:01:39 
26Jessie Daams (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson0:01:41 
27Marijn De Vries (Ned) Leontien.Nl0:01:43 
28Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
29Bridie O’Donnell (Aus) Team Valdarno  
30Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
31Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
32Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling  
33Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australie0:01:48 
34Bianca Purath (Ger) Noris Cycling0:01:51 
35Denise Ramsden (Can) Canada0:01:52 
36Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.Nl0:01:54 
37Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
38Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australie0:01:59 
39Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz Ormu  
40Rasa Lelivyte (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan0:02:04 
41Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Nederland Bloeit0:02:07 
42Katie Colclough (GBr) Grande-Bretagne0:02:20 
43Petra Dijkman (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team0:02:23 
44Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-To The Top0:02:25 
45Monia Baccaille (Ita) Team Valdarno0:02:40 
46Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:02:52 
47Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Fenixs - Petrogradets0:03:55 
48Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson0:04:38 
49Luise Keller (Ger) HTC Columbia Women0:04:49 
50Froydis Waersted (Nor) Hitec Products Uck0:04:51 
51Linda Villumsen Serup (Den) HTC Columbia Women0:04:56 
52Larisa Pankova (Rus) Russie0:04:58 
53Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team0:05:01 
54Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
55Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan  
56Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
57Marina Romoli (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan0:05:05 
58Devon Haskell (USA) Tibco-To The Top0:05:11 
59Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Redsun Cycling Team  
60Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Pays-Bas  
61Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Russie  
62Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
63Emma Silversides (GBr) Redsun Cycling Team  
64Anna Potokina (Rus) Russie  
65Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Hitec Products Uck0:05:15 
66Venia Fernandes (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
67Sylvie Riedle (Fra) France  
68Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:05:18 
69Emma Mackie (Aus) Tibco-To The Top  
70Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
71Julie Krasniak (Fra) France  
72Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
73Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australie  
74Melodie Lesueur (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
75Lucy Martin (GBr) Grande-Bretagne0:05:22 
76Anne De Wildt (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
77Giada Borgato (Ita) Gauss Rdz Ormu  
78Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
79Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Ladies Team  
80Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:05:26 
81Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
82Heather Logan (Can) Canada0:05:31 
83Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC Columbia Women  
84Marlen Johrend (Ger) Noris Cycling  
85Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan  
86Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs - Petrogradets  
87Amélie Rivat (Fra) France  
88Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo  
89Emma Trott (GBr) Grande-Bretagne  
90Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Pays-Bas0:05:36 
91Moriah Mac Gregor (Can) Canada  
92Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
93Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Noris Cycling  
94Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi  
95Anna Evseeva (Rus) Russie  
96Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Valdarno  
97Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Noris Cycling  
98Josien Van Wingerden (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
99Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australie0:05:42 
100Brooke Miller (USA) Tibco-To The Top0:05:55 
101Edita Unguryte (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno d'Asolo0:06:02 
102Margot Ortega (Fra) France0:06:19 
103Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox0:07:10 


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