Emma Pooley became the first Briton in history to win the Tour de l’Aude stage race in France on Sunday.

Pooley took the race lead after stage four and successfully defended her lead at the end of the prestigious nine-day, UCI 2.1-ranked race with help from a strong Cervelo Test Team line-up.

“The race today was a little bit stressful, but the team, as it was been for this entire Tour was just fantastic,” said the 27-year-old after the win.

“They were always with me and showed time and again that we were the strongest team.

“I feel amazing today and very happy with my Tour victory – it is the first time I have won a big stage race. Together, our team will now enjoy the victory and celebrate by having some ice cream.”

On Friday, Pooley won stage seven in dominant fashion, putting several minutes into all of her rivals bar Mara Abbott (USA).

American Abbott placed second overall, with Sweden’s Emma Johansson (Redsun) third.

Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) won sprint in the final stage, beating Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit).

It has been a great race for Britain – Pooley’s Cervelo team-mate Lizzie Armitstead wore the leader’s jersey after winning the first stage. Her time in the lead was cut short when an untimely puncture meant she dropped back during stage two’s team time trial.  Armitstead went onto finish 24th overall with fellow Brit and Cervelo team-mate Sharon Laws in 15th.

RESULTS

Tour de l’Aude 2010, stage eight

1. Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC-Columbia in 2-14-29


2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit

3. Angela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling

4. Carla Swart (RSA) MTN

5. Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu

Final overall classification

1. Emma Pooley (GB) Cervelo in 23-25-58

2. Mara Abbot (USA) US National Team at 4-42

3. Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun at 5-39

4. Claudia Hausler (Ger) Cervelo at 6-50

5. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit at 7-04

Other

15. Sharon Laws (GB) Cervelo at 14-16

24. Lizzie Armitstead (GB) Cervelo at 54-12

Emma Pooley’s greatest hits

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2010

Tour de l’Aude; stage seven

Tour de l’Aude; overall

La Fleche Wallonne Feminine

Grand Prix Suisse (TT)

Grand Prix Elsy Jacobs

2009

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

2008

Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Olympic Games time trial, silver medal

2007

Weiach

Rund um Schönaich


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