Emma Pooley: CW's Top British Rider of 2010

Emma Pooley

When you consider that Mark Cavendish won five stages of the Tour de France, it has taken a special season by a remarkable rider to pip him to the title of Cycling Weekly's British Rider of the Year.

Step forward Emma Pooley. The uniquely self-depreciating Pooley deserves all the plaudits that have come her way. That she has been recognised by the nation's sportswriters is peculiar considering how little oxygen her achievements have been allowed in the newspapers.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.