In 2015, during the first edition of the European cyclo-cross title fight in Huijbergen, he won an international championship for the first (and last) time. ‘VdH’ provided a first in Brabant by winning a competition that had yet to gain in prestige. He triumphed by leaving the rising star Wout van Aert behind.
Van der Haar had to wait for a new title for six years. In the Drenthe country, on a 42 meter high garbage dump just outside Wijster, which goes by the name Col du VAM, he made the almost impossible reality.
With one impressive acceleration, he was the only one who managed to take full advantage of the absence of three big names. For triple laureate Mathieu van der Poel, Briton Tom Pidcock and Van Aert, the title fight did not fit into the calendar of the 2021-2022 season. For Van der Haar all the more.
As usual, the match was dominated for a long time by four Flemings dressed in light blue. Despite this numerical superiority, Van der Haar showed that it indeed pays not to give up. Problems with his footwear, a difficult bike change and a crash in the mud didn’t stop him at the start of the race.
From an appropriate distance, Van der Haar watched for a long time how Quinten Hermans, Toon Aerts, Michael Vanthourenhout and Eli Iserbyt seemed to make a Belgian get-together. According to good Flemish custom, the quartet rode not only with, but also against each other. The result: a tough match from which the Dutchman gratefully profited at the end.
The organization had presented the riders with an atypical course, as it was called beforehand. The 2698 meter long track was divided into three sectors: 1911 meters of grass, 642 meters of asphalt and 145 meters of flint, as the Drenthe cobblestones are also called. Each lap had to climb 680 meters.
Van der Haar is king of the garbage dump: ‘Don’t think, but drive’
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