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Emma Pooley to ride Women's Tour in bid for sole Olympic TT spot

Josh Cunningham
2 Jun 2016

Returning rider Emma Pooley set to head up National team at Women's Tour in her bid for Olympic time trial spot.

Emma Pooley will continue her preparations for the 2016 Olympic time trial this summer by heading up the Great Britain national team at the Women's Tour in June. 

The 33 year old is a former World Champion in the discipline, and was a professional on the road for a number of years, before retiring in 2014 to take up multisport events. Having then gone on to win the long distance duathlon world championships two years in a row, Pooley has since openly stated her intentions to target the time trial event at Rio. 

Yesterday, the UCI released its athlete quotas for women's road cycling events at the Olympics, revealing that Great Britain will be allocated three places for the road race and one for the time trial - one less than in London 2012 on both accounts. The competition for the sole time trial spot will be fierce, and under UCI rules the eventual participant will be obliged to ride the road race as well (in support of likely team leader Lizzie Armitstead). 

After having made her comeback to the road at the Women's Tour de Yorkshire in April, it has been announced that Pooley will ride the Aviva Women's Tour at the head of a young Great Britain team that also includes Jessie Walker, Grace Garner, Mel Lowther, Abbie Dentus and Annasley Park.

The race is due to start in Southwold on 15th June.

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