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Back to her best
Nicole Cooke was devastated after her lacklustre performances at the Olympics. But she’s bounced back with victory last week at the San Francisco T-Mobile International. Building on this form she’s won a stage of the Tour of Tuscany this week and currently lies 4th overall, ten seconds back. She seems to be all set for the World Championsip road race on the 2nd of October.
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And for more on the World Championships in Verona (starting on the 27th September) go to www.mondiali2004.com

Masters World Championships
Golds galore for UK riders in Manchester this week. So far Russell Williams has won Gold in the 40-44 age group Points race, Brian Dacey also won the 60-65 group. Michael Hutchinson made light work of the 30-35 pursuit, setting a new Masters World record in the process. Marco Librizzi, Neil Porter and Steve Cronshaw won 500mTT Golds. Geoff Cook and Greg Crayford both won Sprint Golds. There’s two days left so get down to the Cycling Centre in Manchester for some excellent track action.
Details and results at www.cyclingmasters.com

Millar wants a reduced sentence
According to his website, www.itmillartime.com:
David has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration in Sport. He is appealing against both the length of his ban and its start date. The appeal is a clear indication that David does intend to return to racing and hopes to be able to race the 2006 Tour de France. If the ban is shortened even by a few months or the start date changed to the date of his confession he will be able to ride the 2006 Tour. David does not, however, contest the decision by the UCI to strip him of his world title.

There has been a lot of chat about Millar in the cycling press, his current two-year ban will end on August 4, 2006. So what do you think – Has he been fairly treated? Or should his ban be longer? Do you think he deserves a second chance? Or should he be made an example of? We want your views, so please discuss this on the forum

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