Matt Cooke, Boulder cyclist, bounces back after loss of team sponsor

From the Denver Post:
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Matt Cooke is small in stature, but this week he has looked like a giant in his king of the mountain jersey. Then again, he thinks he looks good in anything Lycra.

Last fall, the Boulder cyclist thought he would never wear it again. At 34, he said he "was within a hair" of quitting the sport.

Instead, he is one of four cyclists in this week's USA Pro Challenge who has bounced back from the collapse of Team Exergy.

"To be here, it feels very special, and I'm honored," said the 135-pound Cooke, who kept the KOM jersey after Wednesday's Stage 3 from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs.

His nightmare began when the Exergy Development Group, an alternative energy consortium in Boise, Idaho, suspended projects last year.

Matt Cooke, Boulder cyclist, bounces back after loss of team sponsor

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