Cyclocross

Van der Haar to join Nys on Telenet team

Lars van der Haar will join forces with Sven Nys on the Telenet – Fidea team for 2017, likely spelling the end of his WorldTour road career.

Lars van der Haar, winner of the 2013-14 cyclocross World Cup and silver medalist at ‘cross worlds in January, will leave Giant – Alpecin at the end of 2016 to join the Telenet – Fidea team, which is now run by recently retired cyclocross legend Sven Nys.

His current team issued an announcement Thursday, and Wieler Flits reported that the move would happen at the turn of the year.

This move could spell the end of van der Haar’s pro road career. The 24-year-old Dutchman had 32 race days in 2015 with Giant – Alpecin on the road, including one WorldTour race, Clasica San Sebastian. He started Paris-Roubaix this season but was forced to abandon. Telenet-Fidea is a Continental team, so it could race some road events, but it doesn’t get the same invitations that a WorldTour team like Giant – Alpecin does.