Com­pli­ments to Cooke


I read the ar­ti­cle ‘The Other Tour’ (CW Au­gust 2) and was sur­prised no men­tion was made of Ni­cole Cooke’s win in the 2006 edi­tion of the Grande Boucle Fémi­nine In­ter­na­tionale. She was in yel­low as the rid­ers tack­led the stage over Mont Ven­toux. In a dom­i­nant dis­play she at­tacked on the lower slopes à la Eddy Mer­ckx and crossed the sum­mit alone with a lead of three min­utes.

As a ju­nior she took mul­ti­ple world ti­tles while in 2002 she won Com­mon­wealth gold, the Maglia Rose (ladies Giro) in 2004 and in 2007 re­peated her win in the women’s Tour.

In 2008 Cooke won the Olympic road race and later that year be­came world cham­pion on the road. She was the first rider male or fe­male to take both ti­tles in the same year.

Surely it is the time to look back to the achieve­ment of an­other Welsh rider and give your readers an insight into the ca­reer of one of Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful rid­ers. Ge­off Eric­son, email

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