Cycling: Cooke takes bronze after losing out in bunch sprint finish

Britain's Nicole Cooke had to settle for a bronze medal in the women's road race at the World Championships in Salzburg on Saturday as the Dutch teenager Marianne Vos added the world road title to her world cyclo-cross title.

Cooke, third in 2003 and second last year, finished third in a bunch sprint behind Vos and the German Trixi Worrack. Cooke had forced the pace on the penultimate lap of the hilly 132.2km course and had briefly gone clear with Vos and the Swiss rider Nicole Brandli. But the trio were pulled back in the last five kilometres, making a bunch sprint inevitable.

Vos, 19, finished in 3hr 20.26sec. A group of 15 broke away on the penultimate lap but Vos outsprinted her rivals in the closing metres.

"Marianne and I were working very hard in the break, but I don't think we were strong enough with the German squad chasing behind," Cooke said. "I'm very happy with my ride, because I know I was able to help shape the race all the way through."

Cooke has had a superb season, winning the women's World Cup, the prestigious Thüringen Rundfahrt and the Tour Feminin, the women's Tour de France, in July. The 23-year-old, who also took a Commonwealth bronze in March, finished fifth in the women's time trial event on Wednesday.

In yesterday's men's road race the Olympic road race champion, Paolo Bettini of Italy, won the title. The 32-year-old beat the German veteran Erik Zabel and the promising young Spaniard Alejandro Val-verde in a sprint finish after the three riders edged clear of the main field in the final kilometre.

The defending champion, the Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen, finished in ninth place.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Key Sales Account Manager - OTE £35,000

£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Have you got a proven track rec...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - OTE £40,000

£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Designer / Design Director

£38000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This B2B content marketing agen...

Austen Lloyd: Law Costs HOD - Southampton

£50000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: An outstanding new...

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn