July 01, 2004
Cooke: A repeat in green?
At 25, Baden Cooke is starting his 3rd Tour de France with 2003's green jersey on his back. This season has started slowly, with his only victory coming in April at the Three Days of De Panne. “I may not have won recently but I know that my form is better than last year.”
Cookie will be looking to repeat in green, and thinks the difficult last week will cull some of the fastest sprinters.
“It’s very long for many of the other fast riders to survive the Alps and the Pyrénées, it becomes boring when there’s nothing else to do in the race but wait for the final stage.”
Cooke also wants to have a go at winning the final stage on the Champs Elysees, where he was 2nd in 2002.
He'll be joined by 9 other Australians, a remarkable showing. The full Aussie list:
• Baden Cooke (fdjeux.com)
• Bradley McGee (fdjeux.com)
• Matthew Wilson (fdjeux.com)
• Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis)
• Matthew White (Cofidis)
• Michael Rogers (Quick Step-Davitamon)
• Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros)
• Scott Sunderland (Alessio-Bianchi)
• Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo)
• Nick Gates (Lotto-Domo)
Cooke will be maintaining an online Tour diary at < AHREF="http://www.bike.com/">Bike.com.
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