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Van Dijk to Columbia Women

Ellen van Dijk has signed a one-year contract with Team Columbia Women, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. The 21 year-old is European time trial champion, European points and scratch champion on the track, and World Champion in scratch.

She plans to continue riding on both the track and the road, a condition to which her new team had no objection. "I am really looking forward to riding with this team, because I see it is the best team in the world," the Dutch woman said. "All of the Columbia riders have a very high level and I want to join them in that. Finally, I find it nice to ride with Chantal Beltman again."

Beltman and van Dijk rode together at Vrienden van het Platteland. She recently extended her contract with Columbia for two years. (SW)

(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)