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Nicole Cooke second in Primavera Rosa World Cup race, Bouyer's modafinil request rejected, WiesenhofPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Nicole Cooke finished second in the third round of the women's World Cup on Saturday. The Primavera Rosa follows the final 118 kilometres of the Milan-San Remo route, finishing on the Via Roma, where Welshwoman Cooke was denied a sensational season-starting victory by Germany's Trixi Worrack. Worrack was supposed to be setting up the final sprint for Nurnberger team-mate and World Cup leader Oenone Wood, but such was the strength of her surge towards the line that it took her clear of the bunch, and she finished a second ahead of the rest at the line. Cooke missed the first two rounds of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and only returned to racing three weeks ago with the start of the European season. 1 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Nurnberger 118km in 3.04.00 (38.48kph) 2 Nicole Cooke (GB) Safi-Pasta Zara 0.01 3 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nurnberger 4 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Nurnberger 5 Mirjam Melchers (Hol) Buitenpoort 6 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Lit) Nobili Rubinetterie 7 Nicole Brandli (Swi) Bigla 8 Anita Valen (Nor) Vlaanderen 9 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Bianchi 10 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort 29 Rachel Heal (GB) Team SATS 1.11 76 Charlotte Goldsmith (GB) Vlaanderen 5.32 - The Court for Arbritration in Sport has rejected Franck Bouyer's request to be able to use the anti-narcolepsy product modafinil, which is also a banned stimulant. Bouyer has not ridden since May last year because of his problems with narcolepsy, which can cause sufferers to fall asleep at any time. Having already had his request rejected by the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency, Bouyer was hoping to show that use of the stimulant to control his condition would not give him a competitive improvement at the same time, but the CAS stated that he did not show sufficient evidence of this. Bouyer is expected to try to obtain more medical support for his case in order to earn a dispensation to compete from the UCI. - The Wiesenhof team have been awarded the final invite to the Tour of Flanders on April 3. The German outfit will join Ag2r, Chocolade Jacques, Landbouwkrediet, MrBookmaker and the 20 ProTour teams in 'de Ronde'.