Olympic silver medallist and 2014 British Cycling national time-trial champion Emma Pooley has announced her retirement from cycling.
Her last outing will be in the Commonwealth Games road race on Sunday where she will ride as part of Team England hoping to propel Lizzie Armitstead to gold.
Pooley, who recently completed her PHD in geotechnical engineering, will now focus on her triathlon and running career in which she has already enjoyed considerable success, winning the Lausanne Marathon in October 2013.
She also currently serves on the UCI Women’s Commission; working to bridge the gap in equality between men’s and women’s cycling.
British Cycling president, Bob Howden paid tribute to her magnificent career.
"Emma has been a tremendous ambassador for cycling both on and off the bike and for women's sport in general, never far from the action wherever she applied her undoubted talents.
"At British Cycling she will be long remembered as a rider who gave her all for her team and she retires with the thanks and best wishes of British Cycling and our members.
"It was back in 2005 as the organiser of the National Road Race Championships that I and many others first became aware of Emma's talent as a bike rider; then as a solo rider for Cambridge University CC she took on the established riders and teams to finish close to the podium in fourth place.
"This kick-started a career that has seen Emma compete at the highest level both in road racing and in the time-trial; a discipline where she became Olympic silver-medallist in 2008 before going on to be World Champion in 2010, her Palmares being bolstered in this same year by becoming both the National Road Race and National Time Trial Champion."
Read more about Emma’s decision in an exclusive interview with Rouleur.