Nicole Cooke has added the Senior World Road Race championship to her Olympic title, making her the first British rider since 1982 to take the title.
After good team work during the race by the Great Britain riders, Nicole finished the race off perfectly by getting herself into a six rider break that formed on the last of the eight laps of the hilly course. Cooke’s grit and determination came to the fore at the finish as she outsprinted Marianne Vos (ned) and Judith Arndt(ger) to take the gold.
Cooke has two bronze and one silver medal from previous World Championships,and said after the race: “I have always wanted the winner’s rainbow jersey. At the finale I tried my best, it was instinct. It was a really hard race.” Nicole also praised her team mates, Sharon Laws, Emma Pooley, Elizabeth Armistead and Jessica Allen
28. Sharon Laws (GB) 3hrs 43mins 58secs
35. Emma Pooley (GB) +1:56
41. Elizabeth Armitstead (GB) +5.24
61. Jessica Allen (GB) +6.11
Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine