Emma Pooley Wins 2010 Women's Fleche Wallonne for Cervelo TestTeam
Cervelo TestTeam's Emma Pooley (GBR) won a remarkable victory today at the Women's Fleche Wallonne 2010 in Belgium.
Cervelo TestTeam's Emma Pooley (GBR) won a remarkable victory today at the Women's Fleche Wallonne 2010 in Belgium. She scored a remarkable victory, finishing with an eight second gap to three-time Fleche Wallonne Feminine winner Nicole Cooke (Team Great Britain) and Swedish Emma Johansson (Redsun Cycling Team) who finished in third position.
This is Emma Pooley's first big win of 2010 following a series of high-profile victories in 2009 including the women's Tour de France. Fleche Wallonne is the fourth round of the nine-round UCI Women's World Cup road race series. The win catapults Pooley into fourth position in the World Cup standings.
"I have to say I have never gotten to the end of a race having done so little work," a happy Emma Pooley said near the finish line, elated over her win. Pooley added "I have the most awesome team behind me. I didn't have to do anything at all. We had a really good team any of them could have won today. We have really good climbers they did absolutely everything. On the first climb at the Mur de Huy we had four girls in the front group. I wouldn't have won on the Mur if the riders on the other teams hadn't been so tired from taking down the other girls. Basically it was them who won the race. All I had to do was the last kilometer - so it was really easy."
"I attacked a little early on the really steep part, the ‘s' bend. I was supposed to wait for the team but attacked a little earlier because I was really impatient and a bit nervous that I might fall off my bike in all the excitement. So I went a bit early, and I had a gap but you never know on the Mur whether someone comes back at the end. It's only three hundred meters from there but it feels like miles," Pooley stated.
"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 I had my team protecting me. It was like being baby sat the whole way," a humble Pooley finished.