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by Mark Zalewski
November 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Verschueren defend in Koppenbergcross; Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs; Vaughters on WorldTour: A race to the bottom; Shane Sutton responds to findings of internal investigation; Van der Haar returns to podium; Nicholas Roche talks about move from Sky to BMC; RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Velon sign three-year partnership; Phil Gaimon announces retirement; Bahrain-Merida filling out roster, has first training camp; Colin Joyce joins Rally Cycling; Jelly Belly trading gaining European experience with return of Tvetcov; Give your bicycle a ‘boost’; Ride a bike on your stomach.
Giant-Alpecin’s cyclocross rider Lars Van der Haar was notably absent from the start of the season in September and into October, missing the first two World Cup races as he nursed an injured hamstring. However, he was back at it in the two main European series at the end of the month, the hansgrohe Superprestige and the DVV erzekeringen trofee, with his sights are set on a podium placing.
Lars Van Der Haar (Giant – Alpecin), at the 2015 CrossVegas World Cup. Photo: PN/Cor Vos.
He achieved that on Tuesday, taking third at the Koppenbergcross event of the DVV erzekeringen trofee.
“October has been a challenging month, however we have seen an upward trend in my performances,” van der Haar said in a statement. “Now I am starting to regain full fitness and working progressively towards my previous level. I have had some decent results this month and it felt really good to finally win again in Woerden.”
His first race back was a tenth in Gieten, followed by sixth at Hotondcross and then fourth at Zonhoven, and a seventh at his first World Cup at Valkenburg, so his results trajectory is following his aim.
“November is going to be an exciting yet difficult month, starting this Tuesday followed by some important races in the World Cup and Superprestige, where I will be aiming for some positive results.”