Van der Haar confirms high expectations in Ruddervoorde

The most surprising performance of the cyclo-cross Superprestige series opener in Ruddervoorde, Belgium came from youngster Lars van der Haar (Rabobank). The 21-year-old Dutchman, a two-time U23 'cross world champion, grabbed the hole shot and managed to join world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) and Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) in the decisive breakaway. Van der Haar ultimately finished seventh in Ruddervoorde, blaming a pedal problem for his slide down the ranks by the finish.

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