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New challenges: The Gunn-Rita Dahle FlesjŚ diary 2009

Gunn-Rita Dahle FlesjŚ overjoyed to win in Madrid
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Norwegian cross-country mountain bike racer Gunn-Rita Dahle FlesjŚ made an impressive comeback last year after sitting out much of the previous season due to illness. In 2008, she won the Madrid, Spain, round of the UCI World Cup and the UCI Marathon World Championships and finished 12th in the World Cup final standings.

Dahle FlesjŚ will take on a new challenge in 2009 when she gives birth to her first child, expected in late March. With the support of her husband Kenneth FlesjŚ and her family, she aims to return to competition within a few months after becoming a mother.

Don't count her out for the late season World Cups and World Championships races. She was World Champion in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006, plus Olympic champion in 2004. In 2003 to 2006, she dominated the sport, winning the World Cup overall.

Follow her exploits in 2009 on Cyclingnews as she takes on a new, joint role as mother and elite racer. Or, for more Gunn-Rita, see her personal website: www.gunnrita.com

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