Nicole Cooke world championships 2006

After opening her defence of the World Cup title in Australia, Britain's Nicole Cooke got her European campaign under way with victory in the 102-kilometre Grand Prix Costa Etrusca in Italy today.

Cooke, riding for the Raleigh-Lifeforce Creation team, crossed the line ten seconds clear of former Tour of Italy winner Fabiana Luperini, with Switzerland's Nicole Brandli a further three seconds back.

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