If you’re depressed at the soap opera surrounding multi-millionaire cyclists taking 13 years to own up to their persistent cheating, you’ll enjoy this article about Nicole Cooke’s retirement. – ‘I had to say exactly how it is’
On her first Tour de France, she shared a house with other cyclists. When she opened the fridge she discovered it was full of medicines, which she promptly chucked out. Were the other women annoyed with her? She laughs, and says no they just pretended to be appalled and said they knew nothing about them. “A couple of weeks later, my team stopped paying the wages for me and my team mate, who had also said no. We were the only two riders who didn’t get our wages for the rest of the year.”
Post-retirement, she may not have a million pound nest egg or a stream of invites to American chat shows, but, it must be a really great feeling to be able to have an Olympic road race jersey, untainted and won through hard work alone.