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Rudi van Houts signs with Multivan-Merida

Rudi van Houts has signed a contract with the Multivan-Merida's Ninety Six mountain bike team for 2009. The 24-year-old Dutch rider, who recently won the mountain biker of the year award for the Netherlands, is going to ride together with stars like former Olympic and World Champion Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa, Ralph Näf and José-Antonio Hermida.

Peter Koperdraad of Merida Benelux was pleased the signing of van Houts. "For us, it is great, now we are looking forward to the London 2012 Olympics. Rudi can learn from the experience of the others. He will get the chance to develop even more as a mountain bike rider."

Van Houts won the VTT (mountain bike Tour de France) in 2007. This year, he finished second in the Dutch Championships, 13th in the European Championships and 12th in the World Championships. He also was a member of the Dutch Olympic Team in Beijing.

He resides in Luyksgestel in the South of Holland.