Van der Haar, the two-time Under-23 World Champ, won the elite men's Dutch title in his first try. Cor Vos photo.

Giant CX Riders Dominate Dutch Nationals!

January 14, 2013

Giant riders swept five of the six podium spots on offer at Sunday’s Dutch National Cyclocross Championships, including wins by Lars van der Haar and Marianne Vos in the elite men’s and women’s categories.

Vos started the day of racing in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands, with a dominant performance, riding her TCX Advanced SL to her third straight Dutch national title. The current world champion led an all Rabobank-Liv/giant podium, with Sanne van Paassen taking silver and Sabrina Stultiens bronze.

Vos, the current world champion, now turns her attention to the United States, where she will defend the rainbow stripes at the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, in less than two weeks.

The elite men’s race was also a battle of Giant powers, with Team Blanco rider Lars Boom, winner of the past six Dutch men’s titles, going against the younger Lars van der Haar. Both raced the Giant TCX Advanced SL.

This time it was van der Haar, who at 22 is racing his first season in the elite category, stepping up to take the crown. He seized the lead early over Boom, who is currently more focused on road racing with Team Blanco, and never looked back.

For van der Haar, a two-time world champion in the under-23 ranks, it was an ambitious start to his elite racing career. Like Vos, he will travel to the U.S. next, where he will race the world championships for the first time as an elite category competitor.

In other cyclocross national championships news, Rabobank-Liv/giant rider Pauline Ferrand-Prevot finished second in France.