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Paralympian joins bike team after recovery

Updated: November 25, 2011, 13:33

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Monique van der Vorst has completed a remarkable transformation - from Paralympic athlete to road racing cyclist with a top professional team.

The 27-year-old Dutch rider has signed with the Rabobank women's team, meaning the former wheelchair and handcycle racer will now line up against elite able-bodied cyclists.

Van der Vorst lost the use of her legs as a young teenager following ankle surgery. She didn't lose her drive and determination. She won two silver medals in the handcycling road race and time trial at the Beijing Paralympics.

Last year, after a crash during training, she began getting feeling back in her legs and eventually managed to walk again. Now she's joining some of the world's best riders and even thinking about the 2016 Olympics.

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