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Sunday in Glasgow will see final race of former world TT champion and Olympic silver medallist

Emma Pooley has announced that she will retire from cycling after competing for England in the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow on Sunday.

The 31-year-old, who completed her PhD on geotechnical engineering last year, broke the news of her retirement in an interview with Sarah Connolly for Rouleur.

She said: "I want to go out properly, when I've planned it and have no regrets.

"I've been mulling it over, and came to the conclusion that the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity."

The former world time trial champion and silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics took a break from cycling last year to focus on her studies.

She returned this season with Lotto-Belisol, scoring victories including the British national time trial championship and three stages of the Giro Rosa earlier this month.

"After the first Giro stage win, there was a little bit of me that thought about carrying on until Rio 2016, but the decision was made.

"Maybe I had a good Giro because the weight was off my shoulders. Maybe it was the last-chance saloon," she added.

Pooley sits on the UCI’s Women's Commission, and was one of the leading cyclists who lobbied for La Course, the women’s race preceding the Tour de France finale in Paris, which had its inaugural edition last Sunday.

British Cycling president, Bob Howden said: "Emma has been a tremendous ambassador for cycling both on and off the bike and for women's sport in general, never far from the action wherever she applied her undoubted talents.

"At British Cycling she will be long remembered as a rider who gave her all for her team and she retires with the thanks and best wishes of British Cycling and our members.”

Pooley now plans to focus her athletic talents on triathlons running events such as marathons– sports in which she has already enjoyed some success and which she noted earlier this year had brought her more prize money than she ever received in cycling.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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kitkat [486 posts] 3 years ago
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This is a good move for Emma, looking forward to seeing her progress on the Tri scene.

Interestingly SlowTwitch had an article on how poorly paid IronMan races were, that says something about cycling!
http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/What_happens_in_Lake_Placid..._4488.html

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Simon E [3204 posts] 3 years ago
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Sad for me (a big fan) and for cycle sport - we lose the best climber of the women's peloton, and a top time triallist too; how often does that combination happen?

Interviewed by Sarah Connolly for Rouleur:
http://rouleur.cc/journal/riders/emma-pooley-keep-running

Sarah runs a great women's racing site, the audio interview with Emma (and more ) here:
http://prowomenscycling.com/2014/07/29/podcast-2014-exclusive-special-fe...

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workhard [400 posts] 3 years ago
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Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Big fan of Pooley's.

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Abbie [61 posts] 3 years ago
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NO, I'm sad. She's been really inspirational to me. Love watching her race, she's a real gutsy rider. Relatively new (in the last few years) to riding a road bike and watching road racing. And sadly not enough womens racing is televised. But she really stands out from the field with her style, and would be really sad not to see her race again. Emma don't retire, Please!

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VeloPeo [353 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon E wrote:

Sarah runs a great women's racing site, the audio interview with Emma (and more ) here:
http://prowomenscycling.com/2014/07/29/podcast-2014-exclusive-special-fe...

As Simon said (sorry!), Sarah's work on women's cycling is great (how about a few guest columns Road.cc....) and it was actually her that introduced me to Emma.

Follow her on Twitter - @_pigeons_ - although be warned she's mad as a box of frogs  1

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VeloPeo [353 posts] 3 years ago
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Had the privilege of meeting her recently and she's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

Hopefully she'll continue with her work on UCI committees as they desperately need the insight from people like her and Helen Wyman to push women's cycling forward.

A massive loss to the peloton but an understandable decision. Chapeau on a fabulous cycling career Emma.