Pooley and Armitstead show good pre-Worlds form in France

Emma Pooley heads break, British road race national championships 2011

Garmin-Cervélo's Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead are showing strong form in the Tour de l'Ardèche in France as they prepare for this month's World Championships in Copenhagen.

Current world time trial champion Pooley leads the race after winning yesterday's third stage, with British national champion Armitstead sitting in second after three successive top three stage finishes.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.