Emma Pooley wins British time-trial title for the third time after beating Katie Archibald
Last Updated: 26/06/14 9:15pm
Emma Pooley has won the British national time-trial title for the third time after a dominant win on a hilly 12.5-mile course in Wales.
The 31-year-old Lotto Belisol Ladies rider stopped the clock in a time of 30min 18sec, which was 39 seconds faster than runner-up Katie Archibald and 51 seconds faster than third-placed Dame Sarah Storey.
The result sees Pooley reclaim the title she previously won in 2009 and 2010.
She said afterwards: "It has been quite a few years since I have ridden the national championships so actually I think every time I have ridden it, I have won it. It's really special because it's quite a while since I have won a race.
"I knew I was going to race for appoximately half an hour, so the idea was to not totally smash yourself on the hills but keeping the power up on the descents as well - and not fall off. It rained in the last few minutes and got pretty slippy."
Defending champion Joanna Rowsell had to be content with sixth place, while her Wiggle-Honda team-mate Laura Trott claimed fifth place.
Lizzie Armitstead, who was second last year, had been due to race but did not take part.
Earlier in the day, Scott Davies won the under-23 men’s title after beating Owain Doull into second place by 24 seconds.
Women’s national time trial result
1 Emma Pooley, 30:18
2 Katie Archibald, +39secs
3 Sarah Storey, +51
4 Elinor Barker, +1:04
5 Laura Trott, +1:09
6 Joanna Rowsell, +1:23
7 Lucy Coldwell, +1:25
8 Dani King, +2:10
9 Emily Robertson, +2:48
10 Claire Galloway, +2:53