Britain’s Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team) won the GP Suisse time trial on Friday, continuing the excellent run of form that saw her win Belgian classic Fleche Wallonne less than two weeks ago.
Pooley scorched the 23.4km course – the same one used by the men’s Tour de Romandie stage three time trial – beating Judith Arndt (HTC-Columbia) in second. French woman Jeannie Longo was third.
“I felt real bad this morning, kind of shaky and normally I am not too nervous before a time trial,” Pooley said after the race.
“I thought I was still tired from training. After Fleche Wallonne I was training really hard for the Tour d’Aude that’s coming so I thought maybe it wouldn’t go so well today.”
“But sometimes it’s worth trying. I didn’t really know how I was doing because I rode today without a power meter. Sometimes it’s better to do it by feel… Overall I’m really pleased.”
Britain’s Sharon Laws gave the Cervelo Test Team another top placing in fourth.
GP Suisse 2010: 23.4km time trial
1. Emma Pooley (GB) Cervelo Test Team in 35-33
2. Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC-Columbia at 34secs
3. Jeannie Longo (Fra) France at 45secs
4. Sharon Laws (GB) Cervelo Test Team at 1-13
5. Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team at 1-43
Pooley wins women’s Fleche Wallonne