Nicole Cooke 2007

Nicole Cooke, who lost the overall World Cup series to Dutch rival Marianne Vos yesterday, has remained upbeat about her final hour defeat, which was the result of recurring knee injury.

"It was a terrific ride by Marianne Vos," said the Welsh Raleigh-Lifeforce rider after yesterday's race in Nurnberger, Germany. "The pressure was on her and she came up with the goods. It was always going to be a difficult race with double points on offer."

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