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Katie Compton will join the Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team for two years with the goal of qualifying for the Olympic cross-country in 2012.
International cyclocross heavyweight Compton, the current U.S. champion in both short-track cross-country and cyclocross, will focus on the XC World Cup this year with the aim to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, according to a release from Giant.
Compton, from Colorado Springs, and Rosara Joseph of New Zealand are the first two women athletes on the expanded Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team. Leading the men’s side is American XC racer Adam Craig.
“I am very excited to join the Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team for the next two years, which I believe will be the best of my career,” Compton said. “I have high expectations and goals for myself, for both cyclocross and mountain biking. I am happy to be part of such a respected and well-run team.”
Adding Compton and Joseph represents a big step forward for Giant as it expands into women’s off-road racing, said Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team Manager Jan ten Tusscher.
“This year the rankings of the team’s top-three men and top-two women will count toward UCI team rankings,” said Tusscher. “The continued expansion and globalization of our team played a key role in acquiring both Katie and Rosara.”
“Katie’s at the top of her game, and we’re proud that she has chosen the Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team and Giant bikes to help take her XC and ’cross racing to an even higher level,” said Giant Global Marketing Director An Le.