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Cycling: Nicole Cooke’s team may not continue past this season

September 4, 2009

World and Olympic road cycling champion Nicole Cooke has said she will be forced to close down her team, Vision 1, unless she can find a sponsor before the end of the season.

Cooke, who is currently preparing to defend her world champion crown later this month in Mendrisio, Switzerland, launched Vision 1 under a year ago to try and nurture home grown British talent.

Despite success from the team, including seven race victories, they have been unable to find a lead sponsor and Cooke has been forced to use her own personal money to keep the team going.

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“It is not possible to manage a team and be a cyclist at the same time,” she said earlier this week to the BBC.

“Enthusiasm is not enough to compete against the big teams. If we don’t find the budget for next year I will have to stop the whole project.”

The Vision 1 squad’s calendar was scrapped at the start of August and Cooke made the decision to compete in Team GB colours from then on, and has been showing great form despite the troubles at Vision 1.

But the stress and workload, which increased when team manager Stefan Wyamn departed in May, has clearly taken its toll and the 26 year old Welsh cyclist had to take time off for illness last month.

But Cooke who will defend her world title on September 23rd, remains confident Vision 1 will still be going next season.

“The team is still alive and I hope with new funds we can write a new chapter for next season,” she said.

“I still think my motivation to create a team concept supporting young British riders is a good idea and necessary for British cycling.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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