Pezcyclingnews: Pez Talk: Cross Star € Lars Van Der Haar


Jan 3, 2005
Lars van der Haar is one of the strong ‘new guard’ of cyclo-cross riders, the days of Pauwels, Peeters and to a lesser degree, Sven Nys are behind us. But with so many young guys on the way up, cross has never looked so good. Ed Hood managed to have a few words with the new European cyclo-cross champion. Hes been World U23 cyclo-cross champion twice, been on the podium of the Elite Worlds twice and recently won the European Elite cyclo-cross championship Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Alpecin & The Netherlands) is the man in question.He first appears on the radar as silver medallist in The Netherlands debutantes cross champs in 2007 with bronze coming the following year in the junior champs. By 2009 hed swapped silver for gold in the junior champs and the next year was European U23 champion. In 2011 he added the National and World U23 titles to his Euro crown, retaining the National and World titles in 2012. In 2013 he won the National Elite title and took bronze on the Worlds Elite podium. He retained the National title and took the World Cup to boot in 2014 with another Worlds bronze coming his way in 2015. Hes started this year in fine form with a podium in the Koppenberg cross and winning the European Elite title.The 24 year-old cross superstar took time to speak to PEZ on the eve of the Koksijde World Cup:pEZ: How did you get into cycling, Lars?Lars van der Haar:...

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