All looks good for 2005 after Nicole's win

Trofeo Citta Di Rosignano, March 13, 2005

Safi won the first European race of the season today when Nicole Cooke out-sprinted a small group of strong climbers after a tough 114kilometres. The team is happy - we have had a great start to 2005!

Our team has been staying at a place on the beach called Follonica for a two week training camp with warmer weather; unfortunately I have been in bed sick all week while they have been out in the mountains. This may have something to do the crazy winds in Wellington! Nicole was very impressed with the team support today- it seems that we have bonded extremely well and the morale is high!

I raced for two hours, chasing down a few attacks and making sure it was all together when the hills started - my chest was burning but my legs, surprisingly, felt ok. I dropped my chain on one of the climbs just as we were passing our camper and thought it was a perfect excuse to call it a day and get into some warm clothes!

I'm afraid that the intensity of racing today will be a set-back in terms of my health - it was hard work out there - but I'll keep my fingers crossed and look after myself. Just one week now until Primavera Rosa- the next round of the World Cup. It's a big race, so I hope to be healthy by then in order to pick up some more points…but not to worry - I think Nicole has the form to win!

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