Twenty four year old Lars van der Haar, second in the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships, will purportedly leave Giant-Alpecin at the end of this season and will join the Telenet-Fidea squad for 2017.

This rumor has been circulating for months and Belgian press is reporting today that the switch will be officially announced by the team this afternoon.

Lars van der Haar is in disbelief when rolling across the line the Elite Men's European Cyclocross Champion. © Bart Hazen

File photo of Lars van der Haar in disbelief crossing the line in the 2015 Elite Men’s European Cyclocross Championship. © Bart Hazen

It’s well known van der Haar and Telenet-Fidea owner/manager Sven Nys have an amicable relationship. And with van der Haar’s contract ending at the end of this year, it seemed natural that that a move to Nys’ team could happen. According to Belgian press, Nys’ experience and expertiese as well as the structure of the Telenet-Fidea squad, including strong teammates such as Quinten Hermans and Thijs Aerts and Eli Iserbyt, whose own contract is being negotiated currently, were in part what drew van der Haar to make the move.

Also being reported is that both the team and van der Haar are working on a long-term, three year contract.

Stay tuned for more news.