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by Matt de Neef
December 12, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet; BMC confirms its 2017 roster; Astana reveals its final roster for the 2017 season; Bardet’s Giro plans on hold, will again race the Tour in 2017; Nathan Haas on learning from Edvald Boasson-Hagen; Sean Lake targeting Australian Road Nationals time trial; Parcours revealed for 2017 Tour de Romandie; David Rebellin signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es Continental team; Ag2r-La Mondiale trainee killed while hiking; How wildcard places were awarded in WorldTour races in 2016.
In an interview with Cyclingnews Nathan Haas has reflected on his time thus far with Dimension Data and revealed how riding alongside Edvald Boasson-Hagen has been a great help in improving his own racing.
“At Garmin, I was left-hand man for Dan Martin for four years there, and I learned an awful lot about how to race in the style that suits him and also [Ryder] Hesjedal,” Haas said. “To race with riders who are a lot more like me, from a physical standpoint, in Eddy, someone who can suffer all day and then do a good sprint… I’ve learned more from him this year, in terms of my own riding, than most of the other years put together.”
After a solid start to 2016, Haas crashed during Paris-Nice landing him with nerve damage that affected him for months to come. He had some impressive results later in the year, including a win at the Vuelta a Burgos, but is hoping for a smoother ride through 2017.
“I’m actually really excited about short tours and one-day races. I’m not a huge fan of Grand Tours. The main reason is that while there’s a lot of opportunity in Grand Tours, you’re also locked in for 21 days. If the form wasn’t quite right or you’ve had a crash then you can have a pretty tough time,” said Haas. “I don’t know my race programme too well but your favourite races of the year don’t really change. Those are, starting in Australia and working towards races like Milan-San Remo and Amstel Gold. After that, you can assess things.
“I just want to take 2017 with a feeling of less emphasis on any particular goal but not forgetting what each race means to me.”
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