Norwich’s Emma Pooley takes stage win at Giro Rosa with huge breakaway effort
Norwich’s Emma Pooley managed to break the stranglehold of the Rabobank-Liv team so far at this year’s Giro Rosa, as her relentless ride won stage six on Thursday.
The British time-trial champion and Commonwealth Games medal-hopeful held on after two climbs on a mountainous leg of this year’s women’s Giro d’Italia to take the glory at the line.
“I’m over the moon,” said Pooley. “I only realised in the final kilometres that I could really take the win.”
A mere 28km into the 112km stage, Pooley broke away from the peloton, claiming the first king of the mountains prize. Soon after, the Lotto-Belisol rider was joined by a group of six riders including Elena Berlato of Alè Cipollini-Galassia, Specialized-lululemon’s Trixi Worrack, Giorgia Bronzini of Wiggle-Honda, Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Rabobank, Boels-Dolmans’ Jessie Daams and Valentina Scandolara of Orica-AIS.
But mountain-favourite Pooley attacked again on the final climb, winning the race to that summit too, and in the run-in to the finish in San Fior, the Briton dangled in front of a chasing group that included Rabobank’s race leader Marianne Vos and American Mara Abbott of United Healthcare. But the 11-second gap proved enough for Pooley to survive to the finish.
Vos added: “Emma Pooley made the gap and was simply the strongest. She deserves the victory today.”
Friday’s stage seven runs from Aprica to Chiavenna, including a 5.4km climb and a long uphill drag to the finish in Chiavenna.
Pooley is currently 13th in the overall standings, more than eight minutes behind leader Vos.