Pooley pursues Tour de l'Aude victory

Emma Pooley, British Time Trial Championships 2009

The most prestigious stage race on the women's calendar kicks off on Friday - and Emma Pooley has it firmly in her sights.

Powerful Pooley has already notched up three race wins this year, including the women's Flèche Wallonne. Now, she is trying to become the first Briton to ever win the Tour de l'Aude.

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