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Injury has forced Britain’s top rider, national champion Nicole Cooke, to pull out of next month’s Grand Prix of Wales World Cup race at Newport. The Welshwoman has told the race organisers that she is being troubled by a long-standing knee injury that required surgery earlier this month.
Speaking from her home in South Wales, Cooke said “This is all immensely frustrating. The World Cup in Newport was one of my big target races this season and I am devastated to miss racing in front of my home crowd. I had hoped my knee would recover but the medical advice is that more recuperation time is needed.”
Race organiser Alan Rushton commented: “We are naturally very disappointed not to have Nicole with us in the race and send our best wishes for her speedy recovery.”
Following Cooke’s withdrawal, the home challenge for Britain’s inaugural women’s World Cup race will be led by Rachel Heal (riding for the Great Britain team) and Emma Davis (Team Vlaanderen). Strong competition is expected from World Cup champion and current series leader Oenone Wood (Nurnberger), Olympic champion Sara Carrigan (Tan Van Bemmelen) and world champion Judith Arndt (Nurnberger) of Germany.