Pooley solos to victory in Huy

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."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Pooley (GBr) Cervelo Test Team3:01:27
2Nicole Cooke (GBr) Grande-Bretagne0:00:08
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
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 ValdarnoRow 6 - Cell 2
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'AsoloRow 15 - Cell 2
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 GestionRow 18 - Cell 2
20Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:01:34
21Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) Safi-Pasta Zara ManhattanRow 20 - Cell 2
22Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland BloeitRow 21 - Cell 2
23Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss Rdz OrmuRow 23 - Cell 2
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.NlRow 27 - Cell 2
29Bridie O’Donnell (Aus) Team ValdarnoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs - PetrogradetsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne FuturoscopeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris CyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
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 GestionRow 36 - Cell 2
38Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australie0:01:59
39Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss Rdz OrmuRow 38 - Cell 2
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.NlRow 53 - Cell 2
55Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Safi-Pasta Zara ManhattanRow 54 - Cell 2
56Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs - PetrogradetsRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marina Romoli (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan0:05:05
58Devon Haskell (USA) Tibco-To The Top0:05:11
59Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Redsun Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Roxanne Knetemann (Ned) Pays-BasRow 59 - Cell 2
61Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) RussieRow 60 - Cell 2
62Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Ladies TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Emma Silversides (GBr) Redsun Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Anna Potokina (Rus) RussieRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Hitec Products Uck0:05:15
66Venia Fernandes (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno d'AsoloRow 65 - Cell 2
67Sylvie Riedle (Fra) FranceRow 66 - Cell 2
68Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:05:18
69Emma Mackie (Aus) Tibco-To The TopRow 68 - Cell 2
70Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Ladies TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Julie Krasniak (Fra) FranceRow 70 - Cell 2
72Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) FranceRow 71 - Cell 2
73Alexis Rhodes (Aus) AustralieRow 72 - Cell 2
74Melodie Lesueur (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd GestionRow 73 - Cell 2
75Lucy Martin (GBr) Grande-Bretagne0:05:22
76Anne De Wildt (Ned) Leontien.NlRow 75 - Cell 2
77Giada Borgato (Ita) Gauss Rdz OrmuRow 76 - Cell 2
78Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd GestionRow 77 - Cell 2
79Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Ladies TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Sigrid Corneo (Slo) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi0:05:26
81Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland BloeitRow 80 - Cell 2
82Heather Logan (Can) Canada0:05:31
83Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC Columbia WomenRow 82 - Cell 2
84Marlen Johrend (Ger) Noris CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alona Andruk (Ukr) Safi-Pasta Zara ManhattanRow 84 - Cell 2
86Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs - PetrogradetsRow 85 - Cell 2
87Amélie Rivat (Fra) FranceRow 86 - Cell 2
88Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno d'AsoloRow 87 - Cell 2
89Emma Trott (GBr) Grande-BretagneRow 88 - Cell 2
90Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Pays-Bas0:05:36
91Moriah Mac Gregor (Can) CanadaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne FuturoscopeRow 91 - Cell 2
93Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Noris CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - GhezziRow 93 - Cell 2
95Anna Evseeva (Rus) RussieRow 94 - Cell 2
96Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team ValdarnoRow 95 - Cell 2
97Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Noris CyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Josien Van Wingerden (Ned) Leontien.NlRow 97 - Cell 2
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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