It’s not news that Zdenek Stybar and Lars Boom have been racing the Spring Classics and been seen at the front of affairs in races like last weekend’s Tour of Flanders, where they finished 8th and 11th, respectively. After all, these two cyclocross racers made the move to the road some time ago, although there’s been talk of Boom’s possible return to ‘cross.
This time around, it’s Lars van Der Haar who is taking to the pavement in a big way.
The Cyclocross World Championship silver medalist was at the start of Scheldeprijs in Belgium on Wednesday. Never really a threat for the win in a race that’s typically dominated by sprinters, van der Haar finished over 5 minutes back in 130th position. The bigger news is what’s next for van der Haar, the Queen of the Classics.
.@ZicoWaeytens unable to race #ParisRoubaix due to muscle injury from #RVV crash. @larsvanderhaar will replace him. https://t.co/lRiINmB9Vy
— Team Giant-Alpecin (@GiantAlpecin) April 6, 2016
This Sunday will see van der Haar line up for his first crack at the Hell of the North, Paris-Roubaix. If social media is to be believed, the cyclocross star seems excited about the prospect, and has already been out on the course testing his bike for the fabled race.
Recon with Bike for Roubaix. It’s even harder then I thought! But I survived. Love to learn from the veterans! #team pic.twitter.com/BV0AiVJFqe — Lars van der Haar (@larsvanderhaar) April 7, 2016