Emma Pooley wins Giro di Trentino


Emma Pooley (GBR) of Cervelo took her second stage race victory of the season with a win in the Giro di Trentino – she finished over two minutes ahead of second placed rider, Judith Arndt (GER-Team HTC Columbia).  Cervelo showed just how strong they are as a team by taking two places on the final podium with Claudia Häussler (GER) finishing in third place.


Emma Pooley


Here is how the raced unfolded:





This year’s Giro del Trentino Alto Adige in Italy started on the 18th June 2010 with the 75km Trento - Appiano stage.


25km into the race, almost as soon as the peloton started to climb the Category One 1363m Passo Mendola, Great Britain's Emma Pooley (Cervelo) and Noemi Cantele (HTC Columbia) broke away from the peloton.  With approximately 30km of climbing ahead of them, Noemi followed Emma for the 10km, but then Emma dropped her and continued alone to the summit before racing down the 20km decent to win the stage and claim the yellow jersey, a full 2m 53s ahead of the chasing group.


Emma later told journalists she wanted to establish her lead on the climb, as she didn't want to take any risks on the decent, so she is at her best for the Giro d'Italia next month.


Emma crossed the line on 1h 9m 17s.  Coming second was Allessandra D'Ettorre (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Ghezzi) with Rassa Leleivyte (Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan) taking third.


Other Britons taking part included Nicole Cooke (Team GB) 11th place, Sharon Laws (Cervelo) 12th place, Catherine Williamson (Team GB) 31st, Emma Trott (Team GB) 40th, Lucy Martin (Team GB) 58th and Katie Colclough (Team GB) 62nd.


Belgium rider, Angharad Mason who also rides for Team GB finished 98th.


Out of the 110 riders who started the race 107 riders finished the first stage.





Stage Two was 111km from Riva del Garda to Monzambano stage.


The official race profile appeared to make the race seem easier than it was, but with a number of unclassified climbs, the terrain was hilly and, coupled with heavy rain, the stage was described by its eventual winner, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, as "a pretty nasty day"!


There were numerous attacks during the stage, but all were quickly pulled back and, as anticipated by the race organisers, there was a bunch sprint at the finish.


Sprinting for the stage win, Germany's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC Columbia) took the honours, two seconds ahead of the Italian, Rossella Callovi (ASD Vecchia Fontana) with fellow German Claudia Hausler (Cervelo) in third place.


Emma Pooley came in 36th, with the main peloton, seven seconds behind Ina-Yoko, but with the comfortable margin she had established yesterday, she safely held  onto the yellow Jersey, with Italian Allessanda D'Ettorre (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo-Ghezzi) retaining her second place and Italian Eva Lechner (Rapp.Suedtirol Alto Adige) moving into third position.


Sharon Laws (Cervelo) slipped to 16th place, whilst Nicole Cooke (Team GB) fell to 20th position.  Catherine Williamson (Team GB) ended in 32nd place and Emma Trott (Team GB) 46th.  Lucy Martin (Team GB) climbed to 48th place and Katie Colclough (Team GB) 53rd.  Angharad Mason (Team GB) ended in 95th position.


Five riders did not finish, leaving a field of 101 riders.


To see maps of this years course check out http://www.girotrentinodonne.it/





The third and final stage of this year’s Giro Del Trentino was a 72km stage from Castel Thun to Cles, which included a 1000km climb.


Like the previous day, the racing was hard with heavy rain and cold conditions to battle against, in addition to the 2nd category Cavareno. 


During the stage, four riders managed to form a successful break away, with Italian rider Eleonora Patuzzo (Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan) sprinting to take the stage win, closely followed by the two Germans, Judith Arndt (HTC Columbia) and Claudia Hausler (Cervelo).  Italian Noemi Cantele (HTC Columbia) came fourth, whilst 25 seconds later Italian Monia Baccaille (Team Valdarno) sprinted in with the peloton to take fifth place.


Eleonora's stage win is a fantastic win for Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan, who have said all their riders are racing for injured team mate Marina Romoli and indeed Eleonora declared "I dedicate the victory to Marina Romoli... Marina, we are with you" and encouraging her recovery (www.safipastazara.com).


However, despite the break away gaining seconds over the peloton, it was not enough to threaten the yellow jersey worn by Emma Pooley (Cervelo) who won the race overall by more than two minutes, ahead of her nearest rival Germany's Judith Arndt (HTC Cervelo) with Claudia Hausler (Cervelo) also from Germany coming third.


Winning the Giro Del Trentino Alto Adige means that Emma has now won two stage races this year and this must surely place her in good stead for the Women’s Giro d'Italia next month.



Writer: VeggieVelo http://www.vcac.vegfolk.co.uk/index.html



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