Baden Cooke
(Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Australia?s Baden Cooke showed he is on form ready for the 2008 season with an impressive solo win in the first criterium of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic series in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The tough Aussie is known for his sprinting but attacked with Australian national road champion Darren Lapthorne on the twisting circuit in the trendy Williamstown's area and the two stayed clear for the last 30 minutes of the race. Cooke jumped away alone 500 metres finish and crossed the line with his arms in the air as the other riders fought out the sprint for second place behind him.

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