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by Mark Zalewski
December 27, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends World Cup lead with dominant win at Heusden-Zolder; Vos continues comeback with World Cup win at Heusden-Zolder; British Cycling announces funding cuts; Froome discusses 2017 race plan; Quintana confirms Giro, Tour double; Movistar extends with Soler, Sütterlin; Van der Haar makes return at Heusden-Zolder; Van der Poel changes a shoe faster than many change a bike; Carol of the Spokes.
Lars Van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) made his return to racing at the Heusden-Zolder World Cup race, finishing 31st on the day. But he came into the race with reasonable expectations after healing from a lingering hamstring injury.
“How’s my form level? I have the form of a wet newspaper,” he joked to Het Laatste Niews.
“I will need races every week to do one step better. I hope that I have not become injury prone, but the fear of new injuries is there. In the past I was practically never injured. Oh, this is just an unlucky year. Today I do not expect anything. I just want to have fun, cycle along, gaining cyclocross feeling and enjoy my return. ”
“I want to try to achieve the highest level I can get at the World Cups. I do not think it will ever on the level that Wout [van Aert] and Mathieu [Van der Poel], but if I can just be consistent behind them, I think in February I can maybe even win a race. That will be my goal for the next few weeks. ”
“I, along with Sven Nys and Lieven Maesschalck, worked extremely hard and put everything to return as soon as possible, but of course in a sensible way. I do not have much training in the legs, but have a lot in the weight room and many exercises done to strengthen my legs.”
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Niews.