Top women seek TT redemption

Sunday's road race didn't turn out the way Nicole Cooke and Leontien Van Moorsel would have wanted,

Sunday's road race didn't turn out the way Nicole Cooke and Leontien Van Moorsel would have wanted,
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE If Sara Carrigan of Australia, winner of Sunday's women's road race, is still aglow with Olympic glory, then some of those who lost out to the Queenslander in Athens city centre on Sunday will be keen to redress the balance tomorrow (Wednesday) in the women's Olympic time trial. Defending Olympic time trial champion Leontien Zijlaard Van Moorsel came to the training slot on the Vougliagmeni course this morning stalked by Dutch camera crews. Although still bearing the cuts and bruises from her heavy fall on Sunday, she said she felt "much better." "I have slept well and now I just hope that my legs are good," she said. "I'm still painful everywhere, but it's not as bad as it was. I rested all day yesterday and will only train for 30 minutes today by doing just one lap." Nicole Cooke of Great Britain spent most of the morning making final adjustments to the handlebar and stem set-up on her 'fresh-out-of-the-box' time trial bike. The bike, one of only two road versions of the custom built Team GB carbon frame, only arrived in Athens on Monday. The 21 year old then rode a steady training ride behind team manager John Herety's car on the partially closed circuit. Clearly still frustrated by her fifth place result in Sunday's women's road race, Cooke said she would give the time trial event, not usually her strongest suit, her best shot. "Being realistic, I don't expect to get a medal. But I'll give it all I've got," she said, "because you never know what might happen." Meanwhile, Oenone Wood, the Australian sprinter whose mere presence in the lead group set up Carrigan's gold medal winning break in Sunday's road race, was hoping to go one better than her fourth place in Athens city centre. "I'm still tired, but I'm ready," Wood said. "On Sunday I lost a medal by a few seconds, but now I want to make up for it. Fourth place in the road race might not have given me a medal but it gave me courage and hope for the time trial. If I win, I will celebrate like Sara. I want to feel the same way she did. That's my challenge."
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