British rider Emma Pooley (Cervélo) won Saturday’s GP de Plouay in a solo move in the ninth round of the 10-race World Cup series.
Pooley won 2:30 ahead of the nearest rival after leaving the pack behind in a lone breakaway of more than 50km. The Olympic time trial silver medalist was surprised she hung on to win.
Nicole Cooke gave chase on the last lap at the Cote de Kerihuel, but the Olympic champion couldn’t hold the pace, and Pooley stayed clear to claim her second World Cup win of the year.
“When I attacked, I never thought I would arrive. I was just doing it to liven up the race,” said Pooley, a winner of the Montreal round of the World Cup series earlier this season. “Now I hope to try to win the world title in Mendrisio. That’s my goal.”
In the bunch sprint, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) out-kicked Emma Johansson (Red Sun) for second place, giving the Dutch rider enough points to bounce into the overall World Cup series lead with just one round left to race.
The last of 10-round World Cup is the Tour of Nurenberg on September 13.