By Jean-François Quénet in Plouay
Defending Women's World Cup champion Nicole Cooke has bolstered her hopes of a third crown, having taken second place at the penultimate round in France. Cooke finished the weekend's GP de Plouay in second place behind Italian Noemi Cantele (Bigla), but importantly five places ahead of World Cup rival Marianne Vos (Team DSB Bank).
While Cooke's 80 point lead would have secured the British sensation her third title in any other year, the double points on offer at the series closing Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt means Vos still has a chance to sntach the title in Germany.
"It's not over yet but I was very happy with my result," explained Cooke. "I'm in a good position for the final race."
The defending World Cup champion and reigning Women's Road Race World Champion will go head-to-head for the World Cup showdown in under two weeks time, with the final round to be held on September 16.