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Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel (born 22 March 1970 in BoekelNetherlands) is a former Dutch racing cyclist.

Van Moorsel started her career in the late 1980s and was soon one of the best cyclists in the world. She won major races both on the track, and on the road. In the first half of the 1990s, she won the Tour Féminin twice, after fierce competition with Jeannie Longo.

Van Moorsel dropped out of cycling in 1994 with anorexia nervosa [1] but recovered to compete at the world championships in 1998, winning the time trial and coming second in the road race.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, van Moorsel won gold medals on the road (road race and time trial), and on the track (3 km pursuit). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she fell in the penultimate lap of the road race,[2] but successfully defended her time trial title. With four gold, one silver, and a bronze Olympic medal,[3] van Moorsel is one of the most successful Dutch athletes ever.[citation needed]

She retired from professional cycling after the 2004 Olympics.

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Major results[edit]Edit

1990
[1] World champion 5km pursuit
[2] World champion 50km team time trial
1991
[3] World champion road race
1992
Tour Feminin
1993
[4] World champion road race
Tour Feminin
1998
[5] World champion time trial
1999
[6] World champion time trial
2000
[7] Olympic champion road race
[8] Olympic champion time trial
[9] Olympic champion 3km pursuit
[10] Olympic silver medallist points race
2001
[11] World champion 3km pursuit
2002
[12] World champion 3km pursuit
2003
[13] World champion 3km pursuit
[14] World hour record: 46.065 km
2004
Ronde van Gelderland
[15] Olympic champion time trial
[16] Olympic bronze medallist 3km pursuit
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