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Amazing conversion

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 signed with the Rabobank women’s team, meaning the former wheelchair and handcycle racer will now line up against elite able-bodied cyclists. “I never could have imagined one year ago I would be here,” Van der Vorst said. Van der Vorst lost the use of her legs as a teenager following ankle surgery, but she didn’t lose her 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 the feeling back in her legs and eventually managed to walk again. – AP