Norwich’s Emma Pooley takes stage win at Giro Rosa with huge breakaway effort

Norwich's Emma Pooley stands on top of the podium for stage six of the 2014 Giro Rosa. Photo: Nicola

Norwich's Emma Pooley stands on top of the podium for stage six of the 2014 Giro Rosa. Photo: Nicola Ianuale/Photo Ianuale - Credit: Archant

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.

Norwich's Emma Pooley stands on top of the podium for stage six of the 2014 Giro Rosa. Photo: Nicola

Norwich's Emma Pooley stands on top of the podium for stage six of the 2014 Giro Rosa. Photo: Nicola Ianuale/Photo Ianuale - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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Pooley is currently 13th in the overall standings, more than eight minutes behind leader Vos.

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