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Emma Pooley withdraws from 2011 Flèche Wallonne

World champion Emma Pooley won’t be able to repeat her 2010 victory at Flèche Wallonne this year due to a broken collarbone, Garmin-Cervélo reported Sunday.

She suffered the injury during a training ride in Zurich and initially held out hope that she would be able to race even with the broken bone. Additional exams proved otherwise, and she’ll have to sit this year out.

“The health of the athletes is the most important thing for us, so we want Emma to focus on her recovery,” said director Theo Maucher. “While we wish Emma could be with us, the team is very motivated for next week’s race.”

Pooley is already back on the bike doing some low-speed riding, but the team expects she will remain out of competition for two or three weeks.

“It’s a clean break, so it won’t require any surgery, which is good. But of course I’m really disappointed not to be able to race Flèche Wallonne,” said Pooley. “It’s a great race, and one I always look forward to. I would have loved to contest my title. I’m sure that the team will do very well, everyone is motivated and I wish them all the luck. I’ll be cheering for them at home — I just hope they show it on TV so I can watch it!”

Garmin-Cervélo for Flèche Wallonne

● Lizzie Armitstead
● Noemi Cantele
● Jesse Daams
● Sharon Laws
● Lucy Martin
● Carla Ryan

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