Nicole Cooke Oct 2008

Winning the Olympic title would have been enough to grant her superstar status. But following that up with the first ever double, by taking her first senior women?s World Championship road race title in Varese, Italy, a month later, confirmed it. Nicole Cooke is truly a phenomenon.

And it meant so much to her. Her joyous reaction in the pouring rain as she outsprinted her rivals to win Britain?s first ever Olympic road title in Beijing, and then her first world road title in Varese ? she was ecstatic.

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