Whats up with Nicole Cooke?

by festival   July 1, 2012  

Finished well down in the nationals, now in the ladies Giro she lost over a minute in the 7km TT and was over 27mins down in todays stage.
That's not the kind of form expected to help the team to gold, is it?

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No, it isn't. I think Sharon Laws should have her place on the Olympic team. British Cycling say they decide riders purely on merit, but I think they have chosen Nicole based on her performance in previous years.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1449 posts]
1st July 2012 - 23:29

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I agree.
Based on the usual BC criteria, I cant see how she got picked. But of course I am on the outside looking in so its only my opinion.
Time will tell.

posted by festival [106 posts]
2nd July 2012 - 12:23

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Cooke makes a better Plan B than any of the others who were available, she's got great race craft and if GB needs her to she can get into a break and stay away. If Laws had been picked it would have been purely as a domestique, Cooke gives the team options.

Also, yesterday's stage was a huge mountain stage, as far as I know there are no Cat 1 climbs on the Olympics course. Just comparing a random stage is pointless. If you check the full listing you'll see that Cooke finished in the same time as Armistead. You're not calling for Armistead to be dropped too are you?

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
2nd July 2012 - 12:44

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Good point in theory.
I was aware of the other placings in yesterdays stage but she hasn't had good legs all season from what I can see and you need some form to be able to use the other strengths.
Hope your right, and they ride as a team .

posted by festival [106 posts]
2nd July 2012 - 22:03

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Of course she should be in......she's Welsh....nuff said! Smile

old enough to know better!

posted by swansfan [18 posts]
3rd July 2012 - 21:31

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Just like any other Athlete she is going through a bad spot; and just digging in to get through it JMO of-course.

She could see another gold in the Olympics? providing she finds her form and fitness

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
4th July 2012 - 9:23

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'Cooke makes a better Plan B than any of the others who were available'


posted by andyp [1371 posts]
4th July 2012 - 10:21

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