What's Cool In Road Cycling

Lotto Belisol Ladies: Emma Pooley talks about her signing with the Lotto Belisol Ladies

With Emma Pooley the Lotto Belisol Ladies can welcome a topper in the team next year. The 31-year-old British rider is a talented climber and time trialist. She has many victories on her record, among it the overall classification of La Grande Boucle Féminine in 2009. Besides that she has also won the Tour de l’Ardèche twice and this year she was the best in the Tour Languedoc Roussillon. She has ended in the top five of the Giro already four times, in 2011 and 2012 she became second. Since her pro début in 2006 she has also won several one day races like the Flèche Wallonne in 2010. She has also crossed the finish line first in the GP Ouest France – Plouay and the Trofeo Binda, which she has both won on two occasions.

In 2010 Pooley became world champion time trial in Geelong. In the same year she was British champion on the road and in time trial, in that discipline she defended her title. This British lady is Olympic vice champion, in 2008 she won silver in the chrono race in Beijing. Last year she finished sixth in the Olympic time trial in London. She says she likes to continue racing until 2016, when the Summer Olympic Games of the XXXIst Olympiad will take place in Rio. Emma Pooley is a very busy woman, because apart from cycling she also participates in triathlons and in October she won the Lausanne Marathon. At the moment she’s finishing her studies for a PhD in geotechnical engineering.

Emma Pooley: “Next season my focus will be on the Giro Rosa and the Flèche Wallonne, that will be the most important races for me. I’ll see with the team what other races I will take part in, but those two are my main goals. It depends a bit on the course of the Giro, but if I participate in a race I try to win it, that doesn’t automatically mean I can win it but that’s what I aim for. You should always aim for your best and then you’ll see where you end up. I’ll probably be also happy with a podium place, but I have never won the Giro and of course I would like to be the best one day. And in the Flèche Wallonne I’ll try for a second victory.”

“I’d like to share my experience with the other girls in the team. I really enjoyed it this year, riding in a team with younger cyclists and playing the role of a director on the road sometimes. That was also good for me, because it made me think more while racing and it gave me extra confidence. I like that role, but I think the Lotto Belisol Ladies is different from my team this year. They already got experienced riders, even young riders who I know like Amy Cure or some of the Belgian youngsters there’re very smart already and don’t need someone to tell them the tactics necessarily. There a lot of races where they’ll be better than me. But if I can pass on my experience in some races I’d be really happy to do this. In the team I’ll meet Isabelle Beckers again, with whom I enjoyed riding this season.”

“In the further future I’d like to aim for Rio 2016, but that depends partly on the course as well. If it suits me I will definitely aim for the time trial. My plan is to race until 2016 if I can. In December I will finish my studies. It has been a really hard year combining it with cycling. Now there’s lots of pressure with the final exams coming up, but next year I focus on sport full-time. I find I really enjoy combining different sports. Sometimes you need to focus on one discipline to get the best from it, but I love other sports as well and next season I’ll try to combine road racing and triathlon again. I think it’s good for my head to have that challenge. I’ve agreed this with the team and we will plan it carefully, so it doesn’t damage my commitment to the Lotto Belisol Ladies.”

Name: Emma Pooley
Date of birth: 03/10/1982
Place of birth: London

2006: Team FBUK
2007 – 2008: Team Specialized Designs for Women
2009 – 2010: Cervélo Test Team Women
2011: Garmin – Cervélo
2012: AA Drink – Leontien.nl Cycling Team
2013: Bigla Girls Cycling Team

2007: Weiach, Rund um Schönaich, Stage 3 Thüringen-Rundfahrt der Frauen
2008: Perth Criterium Series Race 2: Joondalup, Perth Criterium Series Race 3: Victoria Park, Perth Criterium Series Race 4: Vincent, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Stage 3 Tour de Bretagne, Stage 4a (ITT) Tour de Bretagne , GC Tour de Bretagne, Stage 4 Tour de l’Ardèche
2009: Trofeo Costa Etrusca GP Comuni Rosignano – Livorno, Montréal, Stage 1 (ITT) Grande Boucle Féminine, Stage 3 Grande Boucle Féminine, GC Grande Boucle Féminine, Radsporttag Bern-West, GP Ouest France – Plouay, British Championship time trial
2010: Westkerke, Flèche Wallonne, GP de Suisse, GP Elsy Jacobs, Stage 2 (TTT) Tour de l’Aude, Stage 7 Tour de l’Aude, GC Tour de l’Aude, Stage 1 Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol, GC Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol, British Championship road race, GP Ouest France – Plouay, British Championship time trial, World Championship time trial
2011: Perth Criterium Series Race 1: Perth Northbridge, Perth Criterium Series Race 3: Vincent, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Stage 3a (ITT) Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira, Stage 8 Giro d’Italia Donne, Stage 4 Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, GP Oberbaselbiet, Chur – Arosa, Stage 3 Tour de l’Ardèche, GC Tour de l’Ardèche
2012: Berner Rundfahrt, Durango – Durango Emakumeen Saria, Stage 2 Emakumeen Euskal Bira, Stage 3 Tour de l’Ardèche, Stage 6 Tour de l’Ardèche, GC Tour de l’Ardèche
2013: GP Raiffeisen (Oberwangen), GP Luzern, Stage 3 Tour Languedoc Roussillon, GC Tour Languedoc Roussillon, Stage 3 (ITT) Czech Tour, Stage 5 Czech Tour

Like PEZ? Why not subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates and reminders on what's cool in road cycling?

Comments are closed.