Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Nicole Cooke

I first became aware of Nicole Cooke at the Cycling World Championships held in Plouay Brittany. I had just arrived and wasn't particularly interested in watching the Junior Women's road race until I noticed a British jersey in the leading group and Nicole went on to win with a mature tactical attacking style way above her years. Whilst still a junior she completed the triple of winning Road, Cyclo Cross and Mountain Bike World titles in the same year. It didn't take long for her to make a mark on the senior ranks and when she raced again at Plouay in a World Cup Competition round she took another fine win and went on to take the series for the first time. Nicole was racing with the support of strong professional teams for her successes in tours of France and women's Giro, (Tour of Italy) but wins eluded her when wearing the national jersey in the Olympic Games and World Championship races as her opponents marked her every move and forced her to chase breaks without help.

Finally everything came together on the world stage in 2008 when she won the Olympic Road Race in the Beijing Olympics followed by a World Champions Rainbow jersey with the help of a stronger team of British girls.
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