British former cycling Champion and Argonette Emma Pooley brilliantly defended her duathlon World Champion title in Zofingen, Switzerland, last Sunday.
On the occasion of the 27th edition of this Powerman classic, Pooley completed a challenging course (10km run; 150km bike race; and 30km run) with a time of 7:01:49, more than 10 minutes ahead of German Julia Viellehner, who finished second.
Stellar Bike Split
With a 4:13:58 bike split, Pooley finished the cycling portion 12 minutes ahead of Viellehner, 15 minutes before Krähenbühl, and 20 minutes before Susanne Svendsen of Denmark: an achievement in itself, considering that the Champion was returning from a triathlon a few weeks ago.
With a comfortable lead, Pooley could have been able to smash her record from last year (6:47:27). However, she was quite satisfied to finish near the 7-hour mark, which still allowed her to set the second fastest time in the history of this competition in Zofingen, about 2 minutes behind the 2002 record.
About Emma Pooley
Aged 32, Emma Pooley is a former British cycling Champion born in Wandsworth. She was a professional cyclist from 2007 to 2014 (she won the time trial World Championships in 2010). In 2013, she converted in triathlon and long distance duathlon and won the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon that same year. The following year, she won the long distance duathlon World Championships.