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Photographers Phil O’Connor and Graham Watson were out battling the elements in China today to get all the action in the women’s road race.

Read the race report from the women’s road race

Nicole Cooke wins Women's Olympic road race 2008Cooke lands the big one. Crossing the line after a long sprint to take her first Olympic medal.

Nicole Cooke podium gold medalCooke is one happy lady as she stands on top of the podium to deliver Team GB’s first medal of the Beijing Games. It is GB’s 200th Olympic gold medal.

Women's road race 2008 Olympic GamesThe women’s road race rolls out from Tiananmen square in the centre of Beijing.

women's peloton rolls alongBritain’s Emma Pooley grabs a drink as the peloton rolls along.

Longo attacks Olympic games road raceFrenchwoman Jennie Longo trys an attack. The 49 year old did a lot of work on the front of the bunch but the French had no firepower and didn’t figure today.

Burchenkova attacks women's Olympic road raceAlexandra Burchenkova looked dangerous when she attacked and opened up a gap of over one minute the first time up the climb.

Wrubleski crashes women's Olympic road raceWeather conditions made for treacherous conditions as the roads were covered in water and several riders came down.

Pooley escapes women's Olympic road raceEmma Pooley played the perfect team mate roll, escaping the bunch and forcing the other teams to chase her, and giving Cooke the chance to sit in and wait.

Nicole Cooke escape Women's Olympic road raceCooke drives the winning break on as the German team chase behind in what is the remainder of the peloton.

Women's podium Olympic road race 2008Cooke’s had to wait four years for this and looks like she’s making the most of it.


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