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Amsterdam (English /ˈæmstərdæm/; Dutch: [ˌɑmstərˈdɑm]) is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The city's status as the capital of the nation is governed by the constitution. Amsterdam has a population of 790,654 within city limits, an urban population of 1,209,419 and a metropolitan population of 2,289,762. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.

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Ellen van Dijk
Ellen van Dijk (born 11 February 1987 in Harmelen) is a Dutch professional road and track racing cyclist riding for Specialized–lululemon. Van Dijk is a time trial specialist and became 2008 World Track Champion in the scratch race and Road World Champion in the individual time trial in 2013 and in the team time trial in 2012 and 2013.

Van Dijk started as a speed skater and as part of her skating training she undertook cycling as part of cross-training in summer. She excelled at both, competing nationally at junior level. After becoming a national cycling champion for the fifth time in 2007, she quit speed skating and became a full-time cyclist. Along with her world title successes, Van Dijk has also twice been European track champion, twice European time trial champion and has won five world cup races. In 2012 she competed in three disciplines at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she helped Marianne Vos win the gold medal in the road race, finished eighth in the time trial and sixth in the team pursuit.

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