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Univega Pro Cycling - the winning streak continues

1-2 for Cooke and Doppmann in Switzerland

Team Univega press release

Team Univega Website

Current World Cup leader, Nicole Cooke, scored the biggest Time Trial win of her career today in Lausanne Switzerland. She won the prestigious Magali Pache Time Trail beating a high quality field of riders well known for their performance in these type of events.

"I am so excited with this result. For the last few years it has been a roller-coaster ride with injuries, crashes and problems with teams failing to pay wages. At long last things seem to be settling out. I am with a superbly organised team, I am able to train properly and things are starting to go right."

The field included past Olympic Time Trial Champion Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) who last week won the 5th Round of the World Cup - Tour de Berne and past Olympic Road Race Champion Kathy Watt (Aus).

The race, where individual riders are set off at 1 minute intervals, featured several severe climbs and very tricky descents in and around Lausanne. It was run off to coincide with the final stage of the men's Tour of Romandie. "It was the first time I have ever ridden the event and the course was certainly very challenging. However, I went round yesterday with our Swiss manager and my team-mate Priska-Doppmann (Swi)and we conducted a thorough review of the course. Today was my first race on my new Raleigh-Univega Time Trial bike and it was superb. On the final climb to the finish I tried to pace myself properly. Normally I have someone alongside, who I know I am going to beat. Today I was on my own." Cooke won by just 0.3 seconds.

Cooke, Junior World Time Trial Champion in 2001, has not won a single individual time trial since. "In the past 5 years, I have been so busy trying to recover from this and that, I have never been able to sort myself out for a decent time trial. I have done some very useful training with Chris Boardman, which has been great but just when a big time trial has come up, I have had a crash or an injury, requiring surgery. It has been a very frustrating few years. I feel I have let down all those who have been trying to help me. Now, at long last, perhaps, there is going to be some reward for all the efforts for all those who have helped me."

Whilst achieving a 1-2 with fellow Raleigh Univega Lifeforce team-mate Doppmann, must have been pleasing, particularly sweet must have been that the field contained four of the six strong Australian team from the Commonwealth Games, who took 5 out of the 6 medals on offer in the Road Race and Time Trial so recently. Road Race winner Natalie Bates was 1 min 45 back and Time Trial Champion Oenone Wood was at 58 seconds, the leading Australian at 5th. A crash into a van parked on a corner in a race in New Zealand meant Cooke opted out of the Commonwealth Time Trial which was early in the Games, concentrating on the Road Race, where she won a bronze medal riding alone against six strong teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and England.

"I am now looking forward to the next round of the World Cup in Spain next weekend. I am leading but Oenone (Wood) is a very big threat in second place. With 75 points for the win and a lead of just 14, it is all very close. This confirms I am now getting back to the form I know I can have and Oenone and her team will have to work very hard to take the lead off me."

Results, 20.40 km

Nicole Cooke (GBr) Univega Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 30.43 (39.843 km/h)
2. Priska Doppmann (Swi) Univega Raleigh Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
3. Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) Bigla Cycling Team 0.04
Edwige Pitel (Fra) Bianchi Aliverti Kookai 0.19
Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 0.58
6. Kathryn Watt (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam 1.15
7. Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 1.23
8. Katherine Bates (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherun 1.44
9. Natalie Bates (Aus) Van Bemmelen-AA Drink 1.45
10. Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs - Colnago 1.52


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Cooke Doppmann Podium Winner

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