16 November 2019

Cycling: Emma Pooley takes sixth for Team GB in time trial

August 1, 2012
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London’s Emma Pooley raced to sixth in the Olympic cycling time trial at Hampton Court earlier today while team-mate and road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead finished tenth over the 29-kilometre course.

The diminutive cyclist wasn’t suited to flat course of Surrey, which favours the more powerful athletes and clocked a time of 38:37 to finish just over one minute behind Gold medal winner Kristin Armstrong of the USA who retained her title from Beijing.

At the first time check after nine kilometres Pooley was fourth, but she dropped back slightly over the second half of the race while the later starters put in blistering performances.

Russian time trial champion Olga Zabelinskaya led the event for much of the race after a surprise performance, but she had to settle for Bronze as Germany’s Judith Arndt and Armstrong beat her to Silver and Gold respectively.

This event wasn’t Armitstead specialty either. After her silver medal in the women’s road race earlier in the week, she was tenth fastest at the finish, 1:15 behind the winner.

Armitstead said : “The whole thing was just painful. It is something I need to improve on if I want to compete in it. I’m disappointed for Emma after all the work she put in and helped me in the road race.”

Pooley, who surprisingly won silver in Beijing, said she couldn’t give anymore: “You always have to push your hardest and I did. I don’t think I could have gone any faster. In time trial you can’t affect anyone else. I’m really disappointed but if someone else is faster than you, you can’t do anything.”

Pooley helped Armitstead to a medal in a road race, using her specialty in hill cycling to pace the race up round the Box Hill area of the course and allowing Armitstead to break away.

“I was really pleased to help Lizzie in the road race. I just wish we could have gone up Box Hill in the time trial.”

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