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Formerly retired Emma Pooley will make her return to road racing at the ASDA Tour de Yorkshire on April 30, British Cycling announced today.
It has been several months since the former world champion time trialist and Olympic medalist announced she would come out of retirement for another shot at Olympic gold in the time trial.
“Because of the hilly nature of the time trial course in Rio, this is a truly rare opportunity that I can’t resist. I’ve decided it’s worth a serious attempt at targeting that event,” she stated at the time.
Pooley, however, immediately expressed her intention not to return to road cycling full time and did not sign with a UCI team to pursue her Olympic goal.
The ASDA Tour de Yorkshire will be Pooley’s first road race since retiring in 2014, and she’ll line up together with world champion Lizzie Armitstead in the Team GB colours.
The last time the duo rode together was at the 2014 Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow, where they finished 1-2 for England.
“I’m really looking forward to joining up with my Great Britain teammates for the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire race and I’m looking forward to racing on the road again,” she said in the British Cycling press release. “The Tour de Yorkshire race will be awesome because it’s on the same course as the men’s race, and Yorkshire has seen such amazing growth in cycling in the last few years. It looks like a great course.”
British Cycling’s technical director Shane Sutton has expressed his excitement to be able to add two world class riders to his team in Yorkshire: “I’m looking forward to seeing Emma back in action for us at the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire – Emma is a phenomenal athlete and will be an asset to the team.”
“Emma has committed herself to training for the Olympic time-trial event in Rio, and we appreciate and support the sacrifice she is making to be in the best possible shape for this event. The Olympic team will be selected at the end of June and announced in early July.”