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by Shane Stokes
October 24, 2017
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Emma Pooley (GB) during the Rio Olympic road race
Emma Pooley is celebrating her second-consecutive victory in the Taiwan KOM Challenge and, additionally, heading home with $500,000NT, equivalent to $16,526 thanks to a new parity between prizemoney for the male and female competitors.
“I knew from last year that hanging on for dear life [with the fastest men] was the thing to do,” she said. “If you bury yourself early on and hang on, you can recover on the flatter sections. It’s better to get as much time on the other women and then you have a good gap when it gets to the steepest sections with ten km to go. It seemed slower than last year on the lower half so I sat at the front to be sure she can cover attacks.
“I realised I was at or near threshold a lot of the time and then the Taiwanese rider Feng of Bahrain-Merida got on front to chase Ebsen and after that I didn’t see any women. I was up there until 60km into the climb when Nibali attacked.” She finished over 16 minutes clear of her closest rival Hayley Simmonds, with a third Briton, Emily Grace Collinge, taking third.
Multiple Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali took the men’s race, beating second-placed Oscar Pujol by one minute 31 seconds. John Ebsen was third. “It was the longest and hardest climb I have ever done,” said Nibali. “I am happy but tired.”