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Nicole Cooke is the World Champion

Road cycling
by Paul Fletcher (U1816326) 27 September 2008
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Britain's Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke has won the women's road race title at the World Championships in Italy after a dramatic sprint finish.

Cooke overtook Marianne Vos of the Netherlands in a race for the line, with Germany's Judith Arndt third.

What odds on Cooke winning Sports Personality of the Year now? And what a fantastic year for the Welsh cyclist!

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posted Sep 29, 2008

Nicoles win was fantastic! The race was certainly the best womens worlds race for some time and as exciting as the Olympics. Nicole should be recognised at the Sports Personality Awards for the double. Her interviews on Eurosport and BBC during the mens race were good to hear, with a lot of emphasis on the work the rest of the team had done. Nicole is a credit to the sport!

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posted Sep 29, 2008

fab stuff from Nicole, not bad after knee surgery !!
Harmann reckoned it was the best women's race he'd ever seen - I would say it was the best race full stop !!

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posted Sep 29, 2008

Brilliant, fantastic almost unbelieveable.

What a athlete.

Wales and GB&IN should be very, very pround of her and Nicole should be very proud of her success.
Nicole Cooke - Commonwealth, Olympic and World Champion.

Thanks for bringing a huge smile to the faces of all sports fans throughout GB & NI.

Should be in the top 3 for BBC SPY but I suspect Lewis Hamilton will win it as he gets so much more publicity and TV coverage.

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comment by omgidbi (U8078647)

posted Sep 29, 2008

boomtown - she is a former rather than current commonwealth champion.

that said - who cares! the c-games are hardly on anyones radar these days...

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posted Sep 29, 2008

Whilst I recognise and applaud the significant Welsh successes in the Olympics, Nicole is outstandingly consistent irrespective of the occasion. If she doesn't win the Welsh Sports Personality of the Year it will be a travesty!

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posted Sep 30, 2008

re omgidbi I would suggest that Nicole is first and foremost an outstanding athlete with a charm and personality to match. Suggesting that she requires a makeover is an incredibly stupid and insulting suggestion. Her openness and genuine regard for the work of the rest of the team is a joy to behold. I am saddened that somehow she should look otherwise especially having just completed over three hours in the saddle. If you cannot see the beauty in that then I suggest you reconsider your comments.

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comment by omgidbi (U8078647)

posted Sep 30, 2008

ilsoxon. you are 100% correct. I tried to word my thoughts very carefully. It has nothing to do with what she looks like at the end of a race though, but if she was to adopt the approach of Pendleton she would get more fans guaranteed. Good for her, good for the sport - but if you doubt me - next time you are in the hairdressers/barbers i dare you to ask for a permed mullett with highlights, and proceed to dress up like timmy mallett. you just wouldn't - and why? Because it matters....

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posted Oct 1, 2008

Point taken omgidbi, but I think Nicole's PR is a ahead of you. 4th picture down...

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/site/WCU/roa/News/20080908_nicole_interview_gold.asp

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comment by omgidbi (U8078647)

posted Oct 1, 2008

cheers etr

i blame myself! i should get a hello! magazine subscription.

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/Cooke_makes_pages_of_Hello_magazine_article_266783.html

p.s. i still think the hair needs a couple of inches off.

p.p.s. it clearly matters to Nicole too...

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posted Oct 2, 2008

All a bit unrelated to cycling - but if Nicole is going to become better known outside of cycling circles that is the approach she'll need. Victoria Pendleton once mentioned in an interview that she'd enjoyed doing the photo shoot - having her hair, make-up etc and reminded us that she still enjoyed doing girlie things - her words - we must remember that away from cycling these are young women and they should be allowed to be seen as attractive young women accordingly - we only really see them in their "work clothes"

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