COOKE AND THOMAS EARN BEIJING SELECTION

8 Jul 2008

Nicole Cooke and Geraint Thomas have both today been named in the GB team for the Beijing Olympics.

Cooke – nine times national champion – will compete in the road race alongside Sharon Laws and Emma Pooley.

Undoubtedly one of Wales’ most successful sporting exports, she will be aiming to make her second appearance at an Olympic Games in 2008 following her Athens debut in 2004.

Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas will be making his Olympic bow. Widely touted as one of the brightest young cycling talents in Britain, his sporting CV boasts a Tour de France finish as well as World Senior Track Championship gold and Commonwealth Games bronze medals.

He has been listed in GB’s track contingent. Indeed, his 2008 campaign got off to a winning start when he secured a gold medal and a world record in the team pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships in Manchester.

The Cardiff rider teamed up with bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Paul Manning to beat Australia’s 2004 record.