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Olympic 'wall rider' Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling

Jack Elton-Walters
25 Jan 2017

The Dutch rider joins Matrix Pro Cycling with her sights already set on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Laurine van Riessen, the Dutch sprinter who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has joined British squad Matrix Pro Cycling. 

The 29-year-old switched to track cycling after taking bronze in speed skating at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. 

The rider is perhaps best known for her dramatic wall ride during this Summer's Olympics, where she somehow managed to stay on two wheels despite being forced up on to the top railing. 

Van Riessen joins other Olympics on the team, with Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker already part of the outfit. The two British riders took gold in Rio, as did teammates and Paralympic athletes Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall. 

'Together with Matrix Fitness Benelux and Matrix Pro Cycling, I will get the support I need to achieve my goals as a track cyclist,' the Dutchwoman said.

'I have previously worked with Matrix Fitness during my skating career, both in Team Activia and LottoNL-Jumbo.

'They have a clear story and my goal to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was received with great enthusiasm. I’m very proud to be cycling under the flag of Matrix Pro Cycling from now on,' she added. 

Stefan Wyman, Manager of Matrix Pro Cycling, said: 'We are delighted to have Laurine as part of the team. 

'She was launched to fame during the Rio games, when millions of people worldwide, including myself, watched her escape a crash by "riding the wall".’

As well as riding for the team, van Riessen will become an ambassador for Matrix Fitness in the Benelux countries.

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