Valen to team Flexpoint

Norwegian rider Anita Valen will join Dutch women's team Flexpoint for 2008. Valen is aiming for the...

Norwegian rider Anita Valen will join Dutch women's team Flexpoint for 2008. Valen is aiming for the Beijing Olympics and was delighted to sign a contract with such an internationally-oriented squad.

"Flexpoint competes in major races and that is ideal for me," said Valen. "Furthermore, I am delighted to ride with top riders such as Mirjam Melchers- van Poppel and Amber Neben."

Flexpoint manager Jean-Paul van Poppel sees the 39 year-old Valen, who won a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships, as a welcome addition to the team. "We have rejuvenated our team with a view toward 2008. It is good for the balance of the team, too, in the long and short-term, certainly at the international races, to have someone with so much experience."

Valen resides in Zwolle, has two children and is married to ex-professional rider Dutchman Gerrit de Vries. Valen won a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships in Verona. The time trial expert is the 13th signed rider for the squad for 2008.

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