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Cooke hurt again

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Racing in the Geelong World Cup last month
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Nicole Cooke suffered another crash during Sunday’s World Cup race in New Zealand. Yet another set back in her preparations for the 2006 World Cup.

Late last year Nicole sustained a broken collar bone when she came off during a Revolution track meeting at Manchester Velodrome, which was a worrying time for her.

When the Commonwealth champion finished eighth in the first World Cup race this season in Australia last week, it looked as if she was on track to defending her crown in Melbourne later this month. However it seems Nicole keeps being held back by injury.

The crash on Sunday was caused by a parked van on the course, Nicole came off as she led the bunch round a bend and was met by the vehicle.

The 22 year-old suffered severe bruising and cuts but escaped without any broken bones this time, so we hope to see her back on form for Melbourne.

According to her website: “Nicole’s race was ended on the 6th lap of 20 by a van parked just after a corner. She came down at high speed suffering numerous cuts and bruises, though it was damage to her bike rather than to her body that meant she had to withdraw.” She’s clearly made of tough stuff then.

Links: Nicole Cooke’s Site

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