Nicole Cooke retires from professional cycling

Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke today her announced her retirement from professional cycling after 11 years. The 29-year-old confirmed her decision to hang up her wheels at a press conference in London this afternoon, during which she took aim at drug cheats, former teams and the sport's governing body.

"I am very happy with my career. I have many, many happy memories over what has been my life's work since I was 12," said Cooke. "I have won every race and more that I dreamed I could win."

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.