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Cooke happy with Olympic build-up

Nicole Cooke
Cooke is not worried by her form this season

Nicole Cooke says she is happy with her form as she prepares for next month's Olympic games in Beijing.

Cooke, 25, won her ninth British Road Race Championship last weekend but has had a somewhat disappointing season so far.

"The more racing you do, the more it takes out of you," said Cooke who hails from Wick, near Bridgend.

"I have chosen a much smaller racing programme. I'm aiming to be at the top of my form for Beijing."

Cooke has failed to make any impact in this year's World Cup series, finishing 20th in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy and 16th in the Ronde van Vlaanderen in Belgium.

She also came eighth at La Flèche Wallonne and 12th at the Magali Pache TT in Switzerland.

Her first victory of 2008 came in the stage race on stage one of the Tour de l'Aude in France which she finished fourth overall.

606: DEBATE

And Cooke could only manage third place in La Grande Boucle Féminine, a race she won in 2006 and 2007.

But she added: "It's almost like trying to keep the throttle closed at the start of the season, but now is when I can really open it and still have a full tank of petrol to go for it."

Cooke missed out on a medal in Athens four years ago, but is determined to make amends in Beijing.

"It's the big one," she said. "I will do what I can to try and achieve it.

"It's a very hard course, has a very long climb that we have to do twice and has a really hard finish with the last kilometre uphill.

"But that's the type of course that suits me.

"Having done my best is what will make me happy. I want a medal and want to win, that's for sure."


see also
Cooke claims ninth British title
28 Jun 08 |  Cycling
BBC Sport Wales coverage
23 Mar 08 |  Wales


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