Emma Pooley

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Emma Pooley
Emma Pooley post race.jpg
Pooley in Montréal, May 2009.
Personal information
Full name Emma Jane Pooley
Born (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 31)
Wandsworth, England, United Kingdom
Height 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)[1]
Team information
Current team Lotto Belisol Ladies
Discipline Road
Rider type Climber, time trialist
Amateur team(s)
2005 Cambridge University CC
Professional team(s)
Team Fat Birds UK
Team Specialized Designs for Women
Cervélo TestTeam
AA Drink-Leontien.nl
Bigla Cycling Team
Lotto Belisol Ladies
Infobox last updated on
24 April 2014

Emma Jane Pooley (born 3 October 1982)[2] is an English professional cyclist who specialises in time trials and hilly races. She won an Olympic silver medal in the time trial in 2008. In 2014, Pooley signed to Lotto Belisol Ladies.[3] She is the 2014 British Time Trial Champion, and has previously won the British Road Race, British Time Trial and the 2010 World Time Trial. [4]

Pooley also competes in other endurance events such as triathlon and marathon running with the permission of her cycling team. She won the Lausanne marathon in 2013.


Pooley (with Sharon Laws behind) during the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland

Cycling career[edit]

Pooley competing in the 2012 Olympics time trial in London

Born in Wandsworth, London,[5][6] Pooley grew up in Norwich, where she attended Norwich High School for Girls[7] and the sixth form of Norwich School.[8] She began studying for an engineering degree at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 2001.[9][10]

She started cycling at university after suffering an injury from cross-country running. At Cambridge she won her university sporting blue for cross-country running and the triathlon.[11]

After a surprise fourth place in the national road championship in 2005, she was signed by Team Fat Birds UK.[5][12]

She went on to represent Britain in the 2007 UCI world championship and finished 8th in the time trial[13] and 9th in the road race. This earned Great Britain one of their places in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In 2008, she rode for Team Specialized Designs for Women and won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda UCI Road World Cup in Italy.[14] She finished 23rd in the Olympic road race on 11 August 2008, where she rode in support of Nicole Cooke's successful gold medal bid [15] but her greatest success of the summer came in the time trial on 13 August, where she won the silver medal behind American Kristin Armstrong.

In 2009, Pooley signed to the Cervélo Test Team.[16] Since then, she has won the 2009 British National Time Trial Championships and taken several important wins for the team, in the Coupe du Monde de Montreal, the Grand Prix Costa d'Etrusca, and the Grande Boucle Féminine, dubbed 'the women's Tour de France'.

In 2010, Pooley won the Tour de l'Aude, her first individual win in a major stage race.[17]

In 2012, following the discontinuation of the Garmin Cervélo women's team, Pooley began riding for the Dutch team AA Drink-Leontien.nl[18] which, in turn, wound up at the end of the 2012 season. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's road race and in the Women's time trial.

Pooley took a step back from pro-racing when she signed for the long-established, but non-UCI registered, Swiss-based Bigla Cycling Team for the 2013 season[19] in order to concentrate on her PhD in geotechnical engineering. In a severely reduced season, she missed the 2013 UCI Road World Championships.[20] Pooley managed to win four UCI-ranked races including the six-stage Tour Languedoc Rousillon in May.

Pooley was confirmed to have signed for the Lotto Belisol team for 2014 in late 2013.[21]

Running career[edit]

As well as her cycling, she proved herself as a top level marathon runner when she won the Lausanne Marathon in October 2013 with a time of 2:44:29 hours, which placed her inside the top 20 fastest British women in 2013.[22] She also enjoyed success in triathlon, finishing as top female at the inaugural Swissman triathlon and coming fifth in the Ironman Zurich event.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Pooley lives in Hausen am Albis near Zurich in Switzerland and in December 2013 she completed her PhD in geotechnical engineering at ETH Zurich, supervised by Sarah Springman, a former British triathlete who is a vice-president of the International Triathlon Union.[9][24] She received an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of East Anglia in July 2012.[25]


4th British National Road Race Championships
3rd Rund Um die Rigi – Gersau (SUI)
1st Rund um Schönaich (GER)
3rd overall Grande Boucle Féminine (FRA)
1st Stage 3 Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, Greiz (GER)
6th British National Road Race Championships
8th Time Trial, 2007 Road World Championships
9th Road Race, 2007 Road World Championships
1st Perth Criterium Series (AUS)
1st Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio
2nd Villingen Schwenningen (GER)
2nd British National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 6 Ras de Cymru (GBR)
1st overall Tour Féminin de Bretagne (FRA)
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 4 (time trial)
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Time Trial, 2008 Summer Olympics
2nd Tour Cycliste Féminin International Ardèche (FRA)
1st Stage 4
8th World Time Trial Championships
1st Neujahrsmarathon Zurich, 10k run
1st GP Costa Etrusca (ITA)
1st Coupe du Monde Cycliste Féminine de Montréal
1st Grande Boucle Féminine
1st Stage 1 TT
1st Stage 3
1st GP de Plouay-Bretagne (FRA) World Cup
4th overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
3rd British National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Waalse Pijl) (BEL)
1st Grand Prix de Suisse TT
1st Grand Prix Elsy Jacobs
1st Overall Tour de l'Aude
1st Stage 7
1st Overall Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Südtirol
1st Stage 1
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st GP de Plouay-Bretagne (FRA) World Cup
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG UCI Road World Championships – time trial
3rd UCI Road World Championship – time trial
1st Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio
1st Stage 3 Iurreta Emakumeen Bira
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st Stage 8
1st Mountains classification Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Stage 4
1st Overall Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Stage 3
1st Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria
1st Stage 2 Emakumeen Bira
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st Mountains classification
3rd Overall Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol
1st Overall Tour de l'Ardèche
1st Stages 3 & 6
6th Time Trial, 2012 Summer Olympics
3rd Team time trial, 2012 UCI Road World Championships
4th Individual time trial, 2012 UCI Road World Championships
2nd Lucerne Marathon
3rd Overall, Gracia-Orlová
1st Overall Tour Languedoc Roussillon
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Tour de Feminin-O cenu Ceskeho Svycarska
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Swissman Xtreme Triathlon
5th Ironman Switzerland
1st Zürcher Oberlander Berglaufcup
1st Türlerseelauf
1st Lausanne Marathon
6th Jungfrau Marathon
3rd Challenge Philippines[26]
7th La Flèche Wallonne[27]
2nd Rapperswil 70.3
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Stages 6, 8 & 9 Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st Green jersey Mountains classification[28]


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  6. ^ Ian Chadband (13 August 2008). "Pooley shows her motion slickness". Evening Standard. 
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  13. ^ "POOLEY TAKES EIGHTH IN WORLD'S TT DEBUT". Cycling Weekly. 26 September 2007. 
  14. ^ "Win for Emma Pooley in Italian World Cup". British Cycling. 24 March 2008. 
  15. ^ "Pooley takes silver in time trial". BBC Sport. 13 August 2008. 
  16. ^ Womenscycling.net (2 November 2009). "Cervelo Lifeforce Signs 'Likeable' Emma Pooley". Womenscycling.net. 
  17. ^ "Emma Pooley triumphs in Tour de l'Aude". BBC Sport. 23 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Atkins, Ben (30 December 2011). "Emma Pooley confirmed with AA Drink-Leontien.nl, other Garmin-Cervelo women also linked". VeloNation. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Atkins, Ben (4 November 2012). "Emma Pooley signs for Bigla as Swiss team looks to grow in 2013". VeloNation.com. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "British Cycling confirms elite men’s and women’s team for UCI Road World Championships". British Cycling. 26 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Emma Pooley signs for Lotto-Belisol". road.cc. 1 November 2013. 
  22. ^ Emma Pooley. Power of 10. Retrieved on 2013-10-29.
  23. ^ Stokes, Shane (9 November 2013). "Emma Pooley Interview: Former world TT champion and Flèche Wallonne winner to target important events in 2014". Velonation. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  24. ^ Williams, Ollie (28 June 2012). "Emma Pooley: The thinking person's road cyclist". BBC Sport. 
  25. ^ "University of East Anglia unveils 2012 honorary graduates". UEA.ac.uk. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  26. ^ "Emma Pooley 3rd at Challenge Philippines". beyondgoinglong.co.uk. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Cary, Tom (23 April 2014). "Lizzie Armitstead extends World Cup lead with second place". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "Giro Rosa: Emma Pooley's stage win, Marianne Vos overall winner". bbc.co.uk. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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