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Pooley takes women's Tour victory

Emma Pooley
Pooley also won her second Road World Cup event earlier this month

Emma Pooley emulated Great Britain team-mate Nicole Cooke with victory in the Grande Boucle Feminine - the women's Tour de France.

Pooley, who won Olympic time-trial silver in Beijing, clinched overall victory by 22 seconds.

The Londoner, 27, won the individual time-trial on day one and triumphed in stage three by 20 seconds on Saturday.

She consolidated her lead with a fifth-place finish in Sunday's final stage to follow up Cooke's 2006 and 2007 wins.

Pooley's Cervelo Test Team team-mate Christiane Soeder of Austria was second, with Marianne Vos of Holland third in the four-stage race.

Welsh star Cooke (Vision 1 Racing), who is the world and Olympic road race champion, won the Giro del Trentino in Italy last Friday.

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see also
Cooke earns Italian road race win
19 Jun 09 |  Cycling
Project Pooley pays off for Brits
13 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Pooley takes silver in time trial
13 Aug 08 |  Cycling

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