The women’s road race started under threatening skies, which rapidly turned into well past threatening and far into the realm of deluge.
Yep, see, it rained.
Hanka Kupfernagel rode a fair road race, but her real goal is in the time trial, and it would be a dull man who would bet against the reigning World Champion.
The winning break formed late in the game with five lucky aggressors: Christiane Soeder (Austria), Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), Emma Johansson (Sweden), Linda Villumsen (Denmark), and Nicole Cooke (Great Britain).
There was no stopping Nicole Cooke Sunday in Beijing. The dominant 25-year-old, who has never won a senior World Championship or Olympic Gold until today, well, won today. Worlds next? You betcha.
Whew, a nice break from the rain. Thanks!
It’s not a smart rider who goes to the line with Ms. Nicole Cooke – and once again, she showed why. Marianne Vos might be a bit quicker, but she was left sprinting for 6th back in the field today.
Nicole Cooke crossed the line in a blazing ball of exclamation – she couldn’t even let go of her bars to celebrate…only a gigantic cry of triumph was her mark on the line.
Olympic Games Women’s Road Race Results
1. Nicole Cooke (Great Britain), 3:32:24 (35.7kph),
2. Emma Johansson (Sweden), same time),
3. Tatiana Guderzo (Italy),
4. Christiane Soeder (Austria), at 0:04
5. Linda Melanie Villumsen Serup (Denmark), at 0:09
6. Marianne Vos (Netherlands), at 0:21
7. Priska Doppmann (Switzerland), at 0:21
8. Paulina Brzezna (Poland), at 0:21
9. Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania), at 0:21
10. Zulfiya Zabirova (Kazakhstan), at 0:21
11. Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lithuania), at 0:21
12. Yulia Martisova (Russia), at 0:21
13. Christel Ferrier Bruneau (France), at 0:21
14. Maryline Salvetat (France), at 0:21
15. Noemi Cantele (Italy), at 0:21
16. Gao Min (China), at 0:28
17. Leigh Hobson (Canada), at 0:28
18. Nicole Braendli (Switzerland), at 0:28
19. Anna Sanchis (Spain), at 0:28
20. Trixi Worrack (Germany), at 0:28
21. Susanne Ljungskog (Sweden), at 0:28
22. Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukraine), at 0:31
23. Emma Pooley (Great Britain), at 0:31
24. Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France), at 0:33
25. Kristin Armstrong (United States), at 0:43