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by Shane Stokes
January 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the 2017 Tour Down Under, Caleb Ewan takes a fourth stage win; Roe triumphs on day one of the New Zealand Cycle Classic; Van der Har heads Telenet-Fidea one-two-three in Hoogerheide World Cup; Vos the boss in Hoogerheide World Cup; Haas edged out for Santos Tour Down Under podium; De Gendt scoops King of the Mountains jersey on final stage; Positive test followed by suicide of rider’s coach; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 5 highlights; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 6 highlights; VTWO/CyclingTips Carpark Climb; 360 degree video from Hoogerheide World Cup
The Telenet-Fidea squad clocked up an impressive clean sweep of the podium at the Hoogerheide World Cup on Sunday, with Lars Van der Haar beating Tom Meeusen and Corne Van Kessel to the line. Van der Har was 44 seconds ahead of his Belgian teammate, with Van Kessel a further second back.
The result came as a surprise to Van der Haar due to previous injuries, but was a big confidence boost ahead of next weekend’s world championships. He had been caught behind a crash early on and delayed, but managed to get back in contact when Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) turned off the pace.
The latter was riding in the event run by his father Adrie van der Poel, but ultimately seemed below par and finished well back. However he created the decisive move before then, putting in a burst of speed which thinned out the contenders and proved to be the platform for Van Der Haar’s attack.
“My return is faster than expected,” Van der Haar said afterwards, according to Sporza. “It was atypical, but it’s fun. Van der Poel pulled hard and there was a gap. It was all or nothing, but I joined up. Then he went quiet and I wanted to help him, but then he probably thought it was good and he kept his legs still.”
He suggested that nothing is amiss with his compatriot, pointing towards likely hard training pre-worlds as the cause. Van der Poel had skipped last week’s World Cup in Italy in favour of a big bloc of work.
Next weekend will show if the latter’s actions will pay off or not but, as the days tick down, Van der Har has a welcome confidence boost.