Cooke wins FlŠche World Cup

Britain's Nicole Cooke wins the women's Fleche Wallonne World Cup event, while another outsider wins

Britain's Nicole Cooke wins the women's Fleche Wallonne World Cup event, while another outsider wins


Britain's Nicole Cooke won the Flche Wallonne round of the World Cup in Belgium today, beating Australia's Oenone Wood by four seconds over a 105.5km course that finished at the top of the Mur de Huy. Germany's Olympic road race silver medallist Judith Arndt was third.

Cooke's second career victory in Flche took her up to third place in the World Cup standings after five events. Wood took the lead in the series from Holland's Mirjam Melchers, who finished fourth today.

1 Nicole Cooke (GB) Safi-Pasta Zara 105.5km in 2.56.58 (35.77kph)
2 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nurnberger 0.04
3. Judith Arndt (Ger) Nurnberger 0.05
4 Mirjam Melchers (Hol) Buitenpoort 0.10
5 Theresa Senff (Ger) Van Bemmelen 0.13

World Cup standings

1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nurnberger 165
2 Mirjam Melchers (Hol) Buitenpoort 156
3 Nicole Cooke (GB) Safi-Pasta Zara 125
4 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort 121
5 Suzanne de Goede (Hol) Van Bemmelen 99

- Team LPR's Giuseppe Muraglia took his first pro win when he proved quickest of a small group of riders on the second stage of the Tour of Trentino in Marcena di Rumo. Part of a group that went clear of the peloton and off in pursuit of an earlier break about halfway through the stage, Muraglia was extremely active in the closing kilometres, before beating Domina Vacanze's Sergio Ghisalberti and Panaria's Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio in the final sprint. Perez Cuapio took the overall lead.

Stage 2, Arco-Marcena di Rumo

1 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Team LPR 179km in 4.48.56
2 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Domina Vacanze
3 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria
4 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre - Caffita
5 David George (RSA) Barloworld - Valsir 0.05
6 David Bernabeu (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana
7 Tiaan Kannemeyer (SA) Barloworld 1.02
8 David Latasa (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana
9 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Krka 1.23
10 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Naturino


1 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 9.09.43
2 Petrov 0.34
3 Ghisalberti 0.35
4 Bernabeu 0.43
5 Muraglia 0.57
6 George 1.05
7 Kannemeyer 1.06
8 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo 1.14
9 Jos Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia
10 Latasa 1.30

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