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Emma Pooley wins third Giro Rosa stage to seal mountains title

Success for British rider at Italian stage race as Marianne Vos takes third overall win

Lotto Belisol’s Emma Pooley yesterday took her third stage win of this year’s Giro Rosa, and with it sealed victory in the mountains classification in the nine-day Italian stage race, won by Rabobank-Liv’s Marianne Vos.

Pooley’s Stage 9 win yesterday came at one of the most famous sites in cycling, the Madonna del Ghisallo above Lake Como, after a solo attack.

She said that her team mates had done an “amazing job” to bring her back to the front of the peloton after a fast and frantic start to the stage, and that here victory “wouldn't have been possible without them."

Speaking of her attack on the final climb, she went on: “It was definitely not easy, and it was really painful but still it was fun. There were lots of people watching and cheering along the road.

“This was a perfect location for a mountain top finish at the end of the Giro Rosa. The Madonna del Ghisallo chapel has a special significance for cyclists."

Pooley, who also won the sixth and eighth stages of the race, added: "Taking this green [mountains] jersey is really great for the team, to be on that final podium. It's a big honour.

“I'm very pleased with that. I feel like we earned it after all the hard work. I had such great support of the team, they really believed in me."

It was world champion Vos’s third overall victory in the race in four years, having previously won it in 2011 and 2012.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Meaulnes | 9 years ago

Her two stage wins were fantastic. Really inspiring stuff, even viewed on dodgy YouTube footage that looked like it was recorded on a broken 1980s VHS player.

alotronic | 9 years ago

This story needs another comment, just to bring it up the list for a minute - what a great cyclist. Chapeau!

I love my bike | 9 years ago

Indeed chapeau Emma.

Hoping there will be coverage on the Cycle Show on ITV4 at 8pm. If not, next week.

VeloPeo | 9 years ago

Who knows what she could have done in the GC if she hadn't had a nosebleed on Stage 1. Possible podium?

Absolutely dominated in the mountain stages though - and all on 26" wheels  1

Chapeau Emma.

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