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.”
Prior to the race, Cooke received medical advice that she would be unable to perform at her peak due to her injury. She hadn’t been able to train for ten days before the event. However, Cooke had vowed, “I don’t want to gift this to Vos without a fight.”
Cooke was scheduled to have had surgery on her knee last week but decided to postpone it until today (Monday). Cooke will fly back to Britain to have the operation.
“Next year I will be back and I am determined to win it,” said Cooke. “On the day I just couldn’t do anything more because of my knee injury. Marianne won and I must be very proud of my second place.”
“I have had a terrific season with a number of wins. My highlight was winning La Grande Boucle for the second time but I am disappointed with today’s result as I wanted to be the first person to win the World Cup for the third time.”
The operation brings into doubt Cooke’s participation in the World Championships at the end of the month. If she recovers sufficiently and in time, she is likely to ride.
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