Cooke to head new pro team

Nicole Cooke had a good and bad weekend in Manchester, breaking her collar-bone in the World Cup tra

Nicole Cooke had a good and bad weekend in Manchester, breaking her collar-bone in the World Cup tra

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Britain's top woman rider, Nicole Cooke, has revealed that she has signed a one-year deal with the professional team backed by German bike manufacturer Univega. The team will also be backed by Univega's UK distributor Raleigh and Newport-based company Lifeforce.

Cooke, who broke her collar-bone in two places during last weekend's World Cup track meeting Manchester, had previously been heavily linked with the expanded T-Mobile women's pro team.

Cooke said in Manchester that the new deal will allow her to focus fully on the road next season. Her first goal will be the defence of his Commonwealth Games road title in Melbourne next March.

"The plan and the focus is on the road so the track will be phased out now," said Cooke, who won the silver medal in the world road championship in Madrid in September. "I wanted a new environment, a new challenge," she said of the Univega deal.

Cooke also explained that her collar-bone break is not likely to derail her plans for the defence of her Commonwealth Games title. "It will probably be about a week before I can start riding on the rollers and I'll see how it goes from there. But I'm quite happy the break is in the centre of the bone so it should heal quickly," she said.

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