|Solo win for Nicole in Stage 3 of Perth Crits|
|Tuesday, 14 February 2012 06:31|
Nicole extends her lead in Series and Sprints Competions
The Town of Leederville was the first evening event of the Smoke Free Perth Crits Series and under the street lights there was a thrilling 3 way battle between Jess Allen (Glen Parkers Cycles) the 2011 Junior World TT Champ, Emma Pooley (AA Drink) the 2010 World TT Champ and Nicole (Hays Recruiting Experts Worldwide). After a third of the race Nicole took the first Sprint prime and the leading trio formed, Allen and Pooley began attacking Nicole in turn and Nicole had her work cut out defending each time on the tight circuit. Then, with 2 laps to go Nicole turned the tables on her break away companions launching her own attack and breaking away. As the bell rang with 1 lap to go Nicole had a lead and continued to extend this until the finishing straight where she had time to celebrate her second stage win and consolidation of the series lead. Pooley came in second and Jess Allen third.
The bunch under the lights in Leederville - Photo by Tony Lendrum Photography
Jess Allen leads the break away - Photo by Tony Lendrum Photography
Nicole on the attack as the bell rings for 1 lap to go - Photo by Tony Lendrum Photography
The last stage takes place in Fremantle and while Nicole and Emma hold the top two places in the Series the third place is still fairly open with 3 riders in the mix, this could make for a tactical race as the Hays Team will be trying to get a second rider on to the final podium.
Lots of pictures of each stage in the Gallery.
Results Stage 3
1. Nicole Cooke (Hays Recruitibg Experts Worldwide)
2. Emma Pooley (AA Drink)
3. Jess Allen (Glen Parkers Cycles)
Standings after Stage 3
1. Nicole Cooke 55 pts
2. Emma Pooley 47 pts
3. Jess Allen 37 pts