With Pooley's team mates Lucinda Brannd, Lizzie Armitstead and Sharon Laws snapping up seventh, eighth and tenth places, it's been a very good day for the squad indeed - they lead the teams classification, their total elapsed time being 15h16'25" to second place GreenEDGE-AIS' 15h17'08".
Emma Johansson rode superbly for fourth place, but the race isn't going quite so well for her team - the further nineteen riders to abandon the race today leaves Hitec Products with only her and Christel Ferrier, who was 17th today. Both women are immensely strong and capable riders, but they're now hopelessly outnumbered and highly susceptible prey to the other team's tactics.
Emma Johansson @emmaprocyclistSo much fun today! Loved the stage and the beautiful roads around here... #4th #Bira #tt2mrw
1º 141 POOLEY, Emma AA DRINK-LEONTIEN.NL 2h35'31"
2º 1 V. VLEUTEN, Annemiek RABOBANK +20"
3º 13 WORRACK, Trixi SPECIALIZED LULULEMON +20"
4º 21 JOHANSSON, Emma HITEC PRODUCTS +20"
5º 123 AMIALIUSIK, Alena BE PINK +20"
6º 102 HAUSLER, Claudia GREENEDGE-AIS +20"
7º 142 BRAND, Lucinda AA DRINK-LEONTIEN.NL +20"
8º 144 AMITSTEAD, Lizzie AA DRINK-LEONTIEN.NL +20"
9º 101 ARNDT, Judith GREENEDGE-AIS +20"
10º 145 LAWS, Sharon AA DRINK-LEONTIEN.NL +20"
Worrack leads on points with 35, followed by Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabobank) with 34 and Pooley with 25. Pooley leads the Queen of the Mountains competition with 12 points, Ferrier follows with nine and Brand is third with 4. Valentina Scandolara (Michela Fanini) has the most intermediate sprint points, 15, Gracie Elvin (Australia) is second with six and Romy Kasper (Germany) third with five.
Tomorrow, the remaining riders face a 13.4km individual time trial at Urduña.
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