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by Mark Zalewski
May 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Landa solos to Giro stage win as Quintana takes lead from Dumoulin; Brändle wins Belgium Tour TT, van Aert takes over lead; Pujol wins Mt. Fuji stage at Tour of Japan; Dumoulin on losing pink ‘I just had really bad legs’; Nibali angry over Dumoulin comments; Dumoulin walks back comments against rivals, hints at Dutch pact; Mike McCarthy, America’s forgotten world champion; Tankink abandons Giro with Milan in sight; Van der Haar still battling injury; Despite sponsor exit, ambitious hopes for future of An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team; First UCI Urban Cycling World Championships set for China; Fan offers Dumoulin ‘help’ during stage; Video: Team Cinelli Chrome @ Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 10; Video: Tall bikes will save the world.
Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea Lions) is still battling a lingering hamstring and knee injury as he starts racing on the road as part of his pre-season training for cyclocross. The former Dutch champion had to stop and start during the last cyclocross season over the same issue and said he delayed his start to training this spring because of it.
“As long as it does not get worse, it’s good,” he told Cycling Flash. “It’s a slightly later start than in previous years — I noticed this week that if I do strenuous exercise, I’m not as good as I was last year at this time.
“In itself this is sometimes also good, to be in shape later in the season. I feel that I have something more specific to aim for in the cyclocross season this time.”
Van der Haar is racing the Baloise Belgium Tour this week, along with other cyclocross stars such as world champ and teammate Wout van Aert and Dutch compatriot Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon), who won the second stage. Van Aert took over the race lead after Friday’s time trial.
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