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T-Mobile International - 1.3
San Francisco, USA, September 14, 2003
Latest Live Report
Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour
9:13am - 10 miles to go
Riders have now summited Fillmore for the second last time and a new break is up the road. In the break are Cooke, Barry, Anderson, Heather Albert (Team Basis), Judith Arndt, Katie Mactier (Saturn) and Christine Thornburne (Vaniqua Red 5 Racing). The gap is small, less than 10 seconds.
With only one lap to go it will be an interesting finale and very different to expected. Eight riders are in the break with the peloton, consisting of about 35 riders, is 10 seconds behind.
The break has now been caught and the bunch is all together with about 5 miles to go.
The race is now heading towards Fillmore St for the final time. They are now on the hill and Nicole Cooke has attacked hard again.
Cooke has a big gap with Barry the closest behind her, but it's Cooke alone with half a lap to go. Cooke said in the press conference on friday that this was the hardest course she has seen on the women's calendar. Knowing that Cooke loves a tough course, this course is perfect for her.
Cooke now had about 12 seconds on Dede Barry who has a big gap on chasers.
Cooke still in the lead and powering. Barry in second with a group of about five riders chasing. Cooke is now in the final meters of the race and has 8 seconds to Barry.
Barry has been caught and is in a group of four who chase Cooke. In the group are two Saturn riders.
Cooke has won the race by only a few seconds. Mactier takes second place.
Cooke was very excited after the race saying that the crowds on the side of the hill were "awesome. There was so much noise and it was just really exciting. It was such a hard course and I think it is great for women's cycling that we have this race now. I think T-Mobile have to be thanked for putting on such a great race. I hear it is going to be a world cup next year which is fantastic."
Of the race, Cooke said, "By the second time up the hill my lungs were burning already, this course was just so hard."