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by Mark Zalewski
November 10, 2016
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Giant-Alpecin’s cyclocross racer Lars van der Haar pulled out of the Superprestige Ruddervoorde race last Sunday, citing a pain in his left thigh. After consulting with the team’s medical staff he was diagnosed with a muscle injury and will be out of competition for multiple weeks.
“After a first check-up at the hospital after the race, the initial scans indicated that Lars had suffered a muscle injury,” said team doctor Anko Boelens.
“Further medical examinations through an MRI scan revealed a tear in his left rectus femoris muscle. The average recovery time for such an injury is around 12 weeks. Although we hope that Lars’ current minor discomforts are signs of a prosperous recovery. He will now commence his rehabilitation programme.”
“It’s very disappointing to have another setback,” said van der Haar. “I have worked extremely hard to get back to a good level and to get a new injury is very hard to accept. I have mixed emotions, after finding out the full extent of the injury. I will remain positive because I want to get better again, but I feel quite tired at the moment.”
Van der Haar already missed the beginning of the cyclocross season, citing a lingering hamstring injury, forcing him to skip the American rounds of the World Cup.