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Cooke fourth in Tour of Flanders

Nicole Cooke
Cooke was hoping to repeat her Tour of Flanders win of 2007

Britain's Nicole Cooke finished fourth in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday after missing out in a sprint finish.

The 25-year-old Welsh rider, who won the Olympic title in Beijing last year, lost out to German Ina Yoko Teutenberg.

Cooke, who started her own Vision 1 Racing team this season, is preparing for this year's World Championships.

"I'm happy with that considering that my season is based on next September, but I'm a racer and always want to do my best," said 2007 winner Cooke.

606: DEBATE

"That's a solid result and I'm really happy with my own ride and how we rode as a team.

"With 6km to go I knew it would be a sprint and so hoped that after a hard race I'd be competitive with Teutenberg and the others. Unfortunately I wasn't."

Belgium's Stijn Devolder of the Quick Step team won the men's race ahead of Germany's Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo) and Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto).

The World Championships begin in September in Switzerland.



see also
Cooke starts her own team
26 Mar 09 |  Cycling
All eyes on Cooke
24 Mar 09 |  Cycling
Cooke named Sportswoman of Year
12 Feb 09 |  Sport Homepage
Cooke battles to world road title
27 Sep 08 |  Cycling
Cooke grabs first GB gold medal
10 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Cooke sure of new team's future
17 Dec 08 |  Cycling
Guide to road racing
08 Aug 08 |  Cycling


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