Pro bike: Lars van der Haar's Giant TCX Advanced Pro

Dutchman wins Valkenburg World Cup aboard stock version of prototype he won on in 2013

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

The diminutive Lars van der Haar stands tall in the world of cyclocross. At 169cm / 5ft 7in, Van der Haar is always a threat on the World Cup circuit. Here we take a look at the size small bike he used to win the Valkenburg World Cup for the third consecutive time.

This year, Van der Haar raced a production version of the Giant TCX Advanced Pro on the technical course in his home country of the Netherlands. Van der Haar won his first Valkenburg World Cup in 2013 aboard a prototype version of the bike.
The TCX Advanced Pro carbon frame features a so-called D-Fuse composite seatpost. With its D-shaped profile, the D-Fuse looks similar to a truncated airfoil riders are now used to seeing on aero bikes. Here, however, the shape is designed to allow vertical flex without adding weight, compared with a traditional round seatpost.

For 2016, the TCX Advanced Pro received a 142x12mm rear thru-axle to complement to the front 15mm thru-axle that bike has had for a while.

Shimano is a major partner of Team Giant-Alpecin, and Van der Haar gets a full Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain the unusual 46/39 ring combination. Shimano BR-RS785 hydraulic brakes and Shimano tubulars round out his bike.

Full Specifications

Complete specifications
Model: TCX Advanced Pro, size small
Frame: Advanced-grade composite
Fork: Advanced-grade composite, full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer
Handlebar: PRO Vibe anatomic bend, aluminum 42cm
Handlebar tape: PRO
Stem: PRO PLT, 90mm length
Seatpost: Giant D-Fuse Advanced-grade composite
Saddle: PRO Turnix, carbon rail
Pedals: Shimano XTR
Shift levers: Shimano ST-R785
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Brakes: Shimano BR-RS785, 140mm rotor
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-28t
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 46/39t, 172.5mm
Power meter: Pioneer Power Meter
Computer: Pioneer SGX-CA900 computer
Front wheel: Shimano Dura-Ace C35 carbon tubular, 15mm thru-axle
Rear wheel: Shimano Dura-Ace C35 carbon tubular, 12mm thru-axle
Rear tubular: Dugast, 33mm
Front tubular: Dugast, 33mm

Critical measurements
Rider's height: 1.69m (5ft 7in)
Rider's weight: 58.5kg (129lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 68cm
Saddle setback: 5cm 

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