Cervelo Test Team's Pooley Wins La Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale
Marianne Vos won the last stage today in a sprint of 5 riders, second was Christiane Soeder with Bruins and Pooley ending in fourth and fifth places. Emma Pooley won the General Classification, Christiane Soeder, last year's winner, was second and Marianne Vos third.
"With the first climb of the day starting early in the stage at the 3 km mark, we gave it full power right from the start because we wanted to make the race hard right from the opening gun," said Sports Director, Manel Lacambra. "On the top of the mountain we had a group of five girls; Emma Pooley, Christiane Soeder, Regina Bruins, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) and Maja Wloszczowska (Polish National Team). Vos tried to attack on the downhill but our girls controlled the race and chased her back. The second mountain was very hard, with an average 15% gradient. But again we controlled the race and especially Vos right until the finish line. We knew that Vos was the fastest and today she took the stage, but we worked hard and Christiane earned second place and the Green Jersey. We've ended this tour with a great result, first and second in the overall, 3 stage wins, the Green Jersey and the Team Classification."
"I'm very happy," said Emma Pooley. "It was a hard day, probably the hardest stage of the race because the team had to work to defend the Yellow Jersey. The girls - Pascale, Kirsten and Sarah did great work from the start of the race and Christiane and Regina stayed with me on the climbs. When we ended up with three girls in a break of five we knew that the race was saved. The Grande Boucle is a really special race with a big history and I'm very happy to win it. Christiane and Regina were also really strong and could have won this race, but I am really happy with their support and really proud to be member of this team. My next goal will be the National Championships next weekend and after that the Giro d'Italia. I am looking forward to it."