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Katie Compton joins Rabobank-Giant Off-Road

‘Cross star Katie Compton to focus on XC World Cup to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics

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atie Compton racing at the 2009 mountain bike world championships in Canberra, Australia. Photo by Frank Bodenmueller
Katie Compton racing at the 2009 mountain bike world championships in Canberra, Australia. Photo by Frank Bodenmueller

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.