Three Americans raced this morning in Beijing: Kristin Armstrong, who placed 25th 43 seconds behind Cooke after crashing early in the race; 33rd place Amber Neben (who lost her chain of all things!); and Christine Thorburn. Thorburn was asked to reel in Russian Natalia Boyarskaya, but the effort spent her. "Christine did what we asked her to do," U.S. coach Jim Miller said of Thorburn's effort to reel in Boyarskaya. "She did a great job."
She definitely deserved the win and what a great win it was. After falling off the small lead group near the finish for a short time, she charged back up and kept right on going. Even with Guderzo right on her wheel near the line, Cooke looked unstoppable. It was a great race and I think she is a great role model for young female cyclists. My 8 year old daughter watched it with me and was really excited after the race (which of course made me happy)
Oh yeah, and the commuting bit makes it even cooler. Congrats to Nicole.