Emma Pooley to retire from cycling after Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games road race on Sunday will be Emma Pooley's final race

Emma Pooley has announced that she will retire from professional cycling after the Commonwealth Games road race on Sunday, August 3.

After competing one final time for England on Sunday, the 31-year-old will switch disciplines to triathlon and running. Pooley won the Lausanne Marathon in Switzerland last year, and her time of 2-44-29 was in the top 20 fastest times posted by any British woman that season.

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Former time trial world champion and current British time trial champion Pooley recently completed a PhD in geotechnical engineering, and had been considering retirement since 2012, where she was disappointed with her performance in the World Championships.

A strong climber as well as against the clock, Pooley won a host of events throughout her cycling career as well as taking overall honours in some of the sports most prestigious stage races including the Grande Boucle, Tour Languedoc Roussillon, Tour de l’Ardeche, Tour de l’Aude and Giro del Trentino.

British Cycling president Bob Howden paid tribute to Pooley: “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,” said Howden.

Emma Pooley, silver medallist

Emma Pooley’s major victories
British time trial national champion
Giro Rosa; stage six
Giro Rosa; stage eight
Giro Rosa; stage nine
Giro Rosa; mountains classification

Tour Languedoc Roussillon; stage three
Tour Languedoc Roussillon; overall
Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceského Švýcarska; stage three
Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceského Švýcarska; stage five

Emakumeen Saria
Emakumeen Bira; stage two
Tour de l’Ardeche; stage three
Tour de l’Ardeche; stage six
Tour de l’Ardeche; overall

Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira, stage 3a ITT
Giro Donne; stage eight
Thuringen Rundfahrt; stage four
Thuringen Rundfahrt; mountains classification
Tour de l’Ardeche; stage three
Tour de l’Ardeche; overall

Tour de l’Aude; stage seven
Tour de l’Aude; overall
La Fleche Wallonne Feminine
Grand Prix Suisse (TT)
Grand Prix Elsy Jacobs
Giro del Trentino; stage one
Giro del Trentino; overall
National champion, road race
Giro Donne; mountains classification
World Champion: Women’s time trial

Montreal World Cup
GP de Plouay-Bretagne World Cup
GP Costa Etrusca
Grande Boucle; stage one
Grande Boucle; stage three
Grande Boucle; overall
Tour de Berne; climbers’ classification
Tour de l’Ardèche; mountains classification
Tour de l’Ardèche; sprint classification
National time trial champion

Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Olympic Games time trial, silver medal