Pooley: I'm not finished with cycling
Emma Pooley is planning to take a break from cycling before eventually returning to the sport
Emma Pooley believes she has "unfinished business" in professional cycling despite contemplating taking an extended break.
Pooley, who won the world title in 2010 and Olympic silver in 2008, has become disillusioned with the inequality in the sport, with her AA Drink-leontien.nl team set to disband at the end of the season due to a lack of financial backing.
Pooley told Press Association Sport: "I think I need a bit of a break. Even if I took a year off I'd like to come back. I do feel like there's unfinished business."
The 29-year-old Briton finished fourth in Tuesday's UCI Road World Championships time-trial and was sixth in the Olympic Games time-trial.
After Saturday's World Championships road race in Limburg, Holland, her focus will turn to finishing her PhD in geotechnical engineering, which she began in 2005 but has been ignored for cycling in recent years.
Pooley has had offers for next season, but has grown weary of the switching teams and is optimistic of an improvement in the sport.
"If there were a more stable environment it would be more attractive, but my decision about what to do next year will be a personal one," she said. "It's a stressful situation to be in as a rider, pretty much every year looking for a new team or worrying about your team not continuing."
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has suggested he would be prepared to invest in women's cycling, but it is unlikely he will have the opportunity to do so while he is still competing himself.
"The great thing about him saying that is that he gets listened to, because he's won the Tour de France," Pooley said.
"He's already a hero and frankly even by saying that it's really good for us. He's even more of a hero in my opinion."