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"I notice that I still have to learn a lot. It is the basic cycling things, such as how to ride in a group,” she explains, speaking over a shaky Skype connection from Fuerteventura. “I have a lot of experience in handcycling, but this is a little bit different. Fortunately my skills are improving very fast. I have a new position, that helps, and next month I will get a new bike as well and that will also help. I hope to get closer to my team-mates over time, getting nearer their level.

She’s clear on what is required. “I need to get stronger. The issue is the speed, the climbing. I hope to become a climber in the future, but that is a long way from now. But fortunately I like suffering.

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Monique van der Vorst interview: Making good progress prior to first pro season