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Emma Pooley takes Silver in Glasgow
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 31st July 2014


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Great Britain's 2008 Olympic Silver and 2010 World Championship Gold Medal winner Emma Pooley today took Silver in the Women's Individual Time Trial at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Pooley will retire from professional road cycling after the road race on Sunday.

It won't be time for 'feet up' just yet though, as Pooley plans to continue to race in triathlon and running. Pooley of course is no stranger to triathlon - or the pages of Tri247. We interviewed her last year, and Emma has been mixing triathlon (and running), with her pro cycling career over the past 12 months or so, in which time she won the debut Swissman Xtreme, finished fifth at Ironman Switzerland and third at Challenge Philippines. Pooley was a successful Age Group athlete before she found he forte in the world of professional cycling.

Ahead of Glasgow, Pooley spent several days in the Alps training with Lucy Gossage (who took second yesterday at the Alpe d'Huez Long Course), both being members of Cambridge Triathlon Club. Regarded as the female climber on a bike in the world, Pooley looks set to make even more headlines in triathlon over the coming years.

Pos Women
1st Linda Villumsen (NZL) 42:25
2nd Emma Pooley (ENG) 42:31
3rd Katrin Garfoot (AUS) 43:13

On her silver medal in her last competitive time trial. The road race will be her final cycle race.

"I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to compete for so long, and am grateful to those who have supported me over the past seven or eight years. To get a medal tops everything.

"You can't be frustrated when you have done your best. Obviously, it was nice to cross the line with the quickest time but less nice when somebody goes quicker.

"Linda deserves the credit for a fantastic race. I'm not upset. She is an excellent time trialist and deserves the win.

"I don't really want to look back with regrets as you cannot re-race it. I'm thrilled to have a medal, especially with such fantastic support on the course."

On her career, which included an Olympic silver medal in 2008

"I'm absolutely delighted to have had a surprising opportunity, which I never expected.

"I never expected to be a professional cyclist, you start off with friends who give you lifts to races and who help you sort out your bike.

"Then you move on to a team where everybody is a volunteer and they spend their time getting into races. So many people have helped me. I'm immensely grateful to all of them."


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