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  Friday, 21 June, 2002, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Cooke joins GB elite programme
Nicole Cooke
Cooke has enjoyed success at world junior level
Welsh cyclist Nicole Cooke has joined the Great Britain Cycling Team's Elite programme as an affiliate.

The 19-year-old from Wick, Vale of Glamorgan, rides for professional Italian team Deia-Pragma-Colnago, but Cooke's new status will enable her to use the services available to GB Team members.

Although Deia-Pragma-Colnago will still have first call on her services, Cooke will be invited to ride with the GB Team at races and training camps as she prepares for a four-pronged medal quest at the Commonwealth Games.

Cooke - who is the world junior time trial, road race, and mountain bike champion - will compete in the points race, individual time trial, road race and mountain bike disciplines next month in Manchester.

Courted

Cooke heads a strong Welsh cycling team for the Commonwealth Games, one that has realistic hopes of claiming several medals.

Backing her up in the women's road race, time trial and mountain bike will be Cardiff solicitor Penny Edwards.

Edwards has only been riding road races for a few months yet has already been courted by an Italian team after a good performance in Spain.

The remainder of the 15-strong squad consists of Nina Davies, Denise Hampson, Joby Ingram-Dodd, Tim Davies, Ian Jeremiah, James Norfolk, Will Wright, Julian Winn, Yanto Barker, Anthony Malarczyk, James Griffiths, Paul Sheppard and Huw Pritchard.

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