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Nicole Cooke: "I'm proud I've stayed true to myself"

Earlier today, Nick Hartley spoke to Beijing road race Olympic champion Nicole Cooke.

Yesterday, she announced her retirement from competitive cycling, with a parting shot at cycling authorities and drug scandals within the sport.

"I have always been totally clear that I set out in cycling to see how far I could go clean, and that has always been the case for me" she told ITV News.

"I wanted to be able to sit here today and say that every one of those races I won was down to me riding clean. "


Former Olympic cycling champion Nicole Cooke retires

Welsh cyclist Nicole Cooke - who won gold in the women's road race at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 - has announced she's retiring from competitive racing.

The 29-year-old from the Vale of Glamorgan also competed in London last summer, helping teammate Lizzie Armitstead to silver.

Cooke is also a Commonwealth and World champion Credit: John Giles / PA Archive / Press Association Images