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Did Monique exaggerate her paralysis? Her supervising physician at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, Professor of Rehabilitation Research Thomas Jansen, doesn’t think so. “Dystrophy affecting her left leg meant she was confined to a wheelchair as an adolescent.”

Following her accident in 2008, she had all the symptoms of incomplete paraplegia. “From that time on there was clearly something wrong with her. Her legs were very thin and she was always in her wheelchair. But the problem was not in her spinal cord but in her head.”

Professor Jansen does not believe that Monique should be forced to give back her medals. “They tested her paralysis at the Paralympics. She passed all those tests with flying colours. She really was suffering from those problems.”

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Dutch wheelchair athlete could walk after all | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

SUCH a strange one, this story….

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Remember when Rabobank hored former Paralympian Monique van der Vorst, after she overcame paralysis, and it caused international media interest?  The story’s got a bit weird, I don’t know what to think…

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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

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Rabobank Women Team Presentation 2012 (by Dave27081988)

Full team:  Tatiana Antoshina, Sarah Düster, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Thalita de Jong, Lauren Kitchen, Roxane Knetemann, Iris Slappendel, Rebecca Talen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Liesbet de Vocht, Monique van der Vorst and Marianne Vos

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These videos are making me very happy

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OK, who else saw Marianne Vos blindfolded, and thought “bet she could still win races like that”?

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Miracle cyclist rides again - Channel 4 News

Monique van der Vost interviewed on moving from handcycling to able-bodied road cycling.  Great interview!

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One of the most amazing stories in the world of cycling has taken another remarkable turn this week as the Rabobank Women’s Cycling team has announced the signing of Monique van der Vorst, a former handcycling athlete who was competing in a wheelchair until 2010. Van der Vorst had been disabled since she was 13 years old, and after a very successful career in handcycling, which saw her take the world championship title three times, she recovered the use of her legs and will now start a career in the pro peloton.

The Dutchwoman was on track in her preparation towards the 2012 Paralympic Games when she was hit by a bicycle while training in her wheelchair in the spring of last year. This third roadside accident of her career saw the now 27-year-old enter a lenghty rehab period, during which she gradually recovered the use of her legs. On November 20, 2010, she started walking again.

"Monique still has a lot to learn, but I’m sure that the rest of the girls will also learn a lot from Monique," said Rabobank Women Team director Jeroen Blijlevens. "She has the right mentality and willpower, she has proved that during her sports career. She would like to race on the road and we will support her to do it."

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Rabobank Women’s Team Signs Miracle Athlete Monique Van Der Vorst | Cyclingnews.com

Incredible story!