Nicole Cooke's glittering career in pictures

Nicole Cooke, on her first racing bike aged nine, near her home in south Wales
Later to become Britain's most successful female road racer - Nicole Cooke, on her first bike aged nine, near her home in south Wales
Nicole Cooke was competing for honours in junior mountain-biking
By her mid-teens Cooke was competing for honours in junior mountain biking
In 2002 Nicole Cooke took road racing gold for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester
And in 2002, Cooke took road racing gold for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester
Nicole Cooke poses at Southerndown ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she finished fifth
Nicole Cooke poses at Southerndown near her home in the Vale of Glamorgan before the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she finished fifth
Nicole Cooke fulfils her Olympic ambitions with a stunning gold in the women's Beijing road race
Four years later in Beijing, Cooke fulfils her Olympic ambitions and starts Great Britain's gold rush with a stunning win in the women's road race
Nicole Cooke flies the Welsh flag after winning the 2008 women's world road racing title in Varese, Italy
Cooke flies the Welsh flag after following up Olympic glory by winning the 2008 women's world road racing title in Varese, Italy
Nicole Cooke also played her part at the 2012 London Olympics, helping support Lizzie Armistead (second left) win silver in the women's road race
Cooke also played her part at the 2012 London Olympics, helping support Lizzie Armistead (second left) win silver in the women's road race

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