COOKE STRENGTHENS WORLD CUP GRIP

3 Sep 2007

Nicole Cooke moved closer to winning a third World Cup title after finishing second in the Grand Prix de Plouay, France, on Sunday.

Noemi Cantele won the race, almost half a minute ahead of Cooke, who claimed 50 points with her second place.

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That means Cooke goes into the final race of the series in Nurnberg, Germany, leading by 80 points in the overall standings from Marianne Vos.

"It's not over yet but I was very happy with my result," Cooke said.

"I'm in a good position for the final race."

Her only rival for the World Cup title Marianne Vos finished in 7th place giving the Dutch rider 21 points.

Cooke's overall lead of 80 points would normally have been enough for her to retain the title.

However, with double points on offer in Nürnberg, the 2007 competition may well come down to the final sprint.