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Nicole is settling in to life in Italy
Nicole is settling in to life in Italy



It was after I won the Junior World Championships for the third time that I was approached to join Italian team Acca Due O.

It was a dream come true for me.

Cycling is a far more high profile sport in Italy than it is here.

Being able to concentrate completely on my cycling is fantastic. And it's a great opportunity for me to show what I'm capable of.

I've settled well into life in Italy, although I miss my family and friends when I'm away from home.

Nicole rides to victory
Cycling is a high profile sport in Italy

When I'm in Italy I share an apartment with a few of my team-mates.

There's a sense that we're all in it together.

Everyone's very committed and there's a real camaraderie between us.

My first flat-mate was an Argentinian rider. She didn't speak any English and I didn't speak any Spanish.

At least that was one way to make sure we practiced our Italian!


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