Lars Boom

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Lars Boom
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Personal information
Full name Lars Anthonius Johannes Boom
Born (1985-12-30) 30 December 1985 (age 28)
Vlijmen, the Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current team Belkin Pro Cycling
Discipline Cyclo-cross
Road
Role Rider
Rider type Cyclo-cross
Time-trialist/ Classics specialist (road)
Amateur team(s)
2002–2003 Rabobank Junior
Professional team(s)
2004–2008
2009–
Rabobank GS3
Rabobank
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2009)

Stage races

Tour of Belgium (2009)
Tour of Britain (2011)
Eneco Tour (2012)
Ster ZLM Toer (2013)

Single-day races and Classics

World Cyclo-Cross Championships (2008)
National Road Race Championships (2008)
National Time Trial Championships (2008)
National Cyclo-cross Championships (2007–2012)
Infobox last updated on
1 January 2014

Lars Anthonius Johannes Boom (born 30 December 1985) is a professional cyclo-cross and road racing cyclist who was born in Vlijmen, Netherlands. Boom rides for UCI ProTeam Belkin Pro Cycling,[1] having previously ridden for the junior and continental teams. Boom won the cyclo-cross world championships in 2008. He has also been the Dutch national cyclo-cross champion in his discipline from 2001 to 2012 – junior cyclo-cross champion from 2002 to 2003, U23 champion from 2004 to 2006, and the elite champion from 2007 to 2012.

Career[edit]

Rabobank CT (2003–2008)[edit]

During the 2005–2006 cyclo-cross season, Boom who just turned 20 years of age, scored several wins including a win ahead of Sven Nys in the Grand Prix Sven Nys[2] as well as the win in the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse after Bart Wellens was disqualified for having kicked a spectator.[3] Boom was beaten by Zdenek Stybar in a sprint for the Under 23 World Championships[4] but returned a year later to dominate the race and to win the Under 23 World Champion jersey.[5]

For the 2006–2007 season, Boom asked and received special dispensation to ride the Dutch Elite Cyclo Cross championships and became Champion of the Netherlands.[6] In addition to Boom's successes in cyclo-cross, he has achieved success on the road and has won several stage races such as the Tour de Bretagne Cycliste.[7] In September 2007, Boom became Under 23 World Time Trial champion beating Russian Mikhail Ignatiev.[8] In November 2007, Boom won the Gerrit Schulte Trophy as the Dutch cyclist of the year for his two World Championship wins.[9] In the 2007–2008 Cyclo-cross season, Boom won a World Cup event in Pijnacker, a Gazet van Antwerpen event in Loenhout and then became Dutch Elite National cyclo-cross champion for the second time. After that, he also won the World Cup races in Lievin and Hoogerheide. He went into the world championships in Treviso 2008 as big favourite and didn't fail, he won the race and became the second rider after Radomír Šimůnek to win the world title in all categories (Junior, Espoir and Elite).

During the 2008 road season, Boom continued his progression on the road despite a successful cyclocross season. On his third day of racing on the road, he won the third stage of the Tour de Bretagne cycliste in Fréhel.[10] Boom also won the sixth stage time trial.[11] Boom then dominated the oldest stage race in the Netherlands – the Olympia's Tour.[12] After competing in two stage races in Spain in which he won the first and won three stages in the second, Boom returned to the Netherlands where he won the Dutch national road race championships for elite riders.[13][14] He would win the national time trial title several weeks later after which he announced that he intends on switching focus from cyclo-cross to road racing after the 2008/09 cyclo-cross season.[15]

Rabobank Pro (2009–)[edit]

In 2009 Boom won the Tour of Belgium after a strong performance uphill, and in the final Time Trial. In his first Vuelta, he was part of a break of 12 riders in the 15th stage. He rode away on the final climb and took the stage, making him the first Dutchman to win a stage in a Grand Tour since 2005.

Boom started the 2010 season by winning the Dutch national cyclocross championships. This was only his second and last cross of the season he rode. In the prologue of Paris–Nice he bested time-trial giants Jens Voigt, Levi Leipheimer, Alberto Contador and David Millar. During the winter of 2010–2011 Boom made a short return to the cyclocross, he won the World Cup race in Zolder and won for the fifth consecutive time the Dutch national cyclocross championships. In 2011 he was again the fastest in a prologue of a World Tour event: the Critérium du Dauphiné. Later that year he won two stages and the general classification in the Tour of Britain.

Boom won the Dutch Cyclocross Championship for the sixth consecutive time in January 2012, extending his consecutive streak record.[16]

Career highlights[edit]

Cyclo-cross[edit]

2001
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Junior Championships
2002
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Junior Championships
2003
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Junior Championships
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Junior Championships
2004
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Under-23 Championships
1st U-23 Cyclo-cross Ruddervoorde
1st European Under-23 Championships
2005
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Under-23 Championships
1st Cyclo-cross Amersfoort
1st Cyclo-cross Veldhoven
1st Cyclo-cross Overijse
2006
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Under-23 Championships
1st Grand Prix Sven Nys
1st Grand Prix Adrie van der Poel, u23s
2007
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Under-23 Championships
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Championships
1st U-23 Grand Prix Adrie van der Poel
1st UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup # 3 Veldrit Pijnacker
1st GVA Trophy cross #5 Azencross in Cyclo-cross Loenhout
2008
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Championships
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Championships
1st World Cup-races Cyclo-cross Liévin & Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
2009
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Championships
2010
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Championships
1st UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup # 6 Heusden Zolder
2011
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Championships
2012
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Championships

Road racing[edit]

2004
1st Stage 2 Triptyque Ardennais
2005
1st U-23 Classification Triptyque des Barrages
1st 2nd stage Tour de la Somme
2006
1st Overall Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
1st Stage 3
1st Overall U-23 Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
2007
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI Road World Championships Time Trial, U-23
1st Omloop der Kempen
1st Prologue Olympia's Tour
1st Overall Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
1st Prologue
1st Prologue Tour de Normandie
2008
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG National Time Trial Championships
Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Stages 7 & 8
1st Overall Volta a Lleida
1st Stage 8
Circuito Montañés
1st Stages 1, 5a & 7
1st Stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista a León
2009
1st Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
2010
1st Prologue Paris–Nice
2011
1st Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Prologue Tour of Qatar
1st TTT Tirreno-Adriatico
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stages 3 & 6
2012
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 3
6th Paris–Roubaix
2nd Dutch National time-trial Championships
2nd Dutch National road race Championships
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Tour Méditerranéen
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Stage 2
4th Binche–Chimay–Binche

Monuments results[edit]

This table shows Boom's results in the five cycling monuments.

Year Milan – San Remo Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix Liège–Bastogne–Liège Giro di Lombardia
2009 102nd
2010 94th 77th DNF
2011 112th 37th 12th
2012 32nd DNF 6th
2013 11th 14th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Rabobank (RAB) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Results 7th Grote Prijs Sven Nys". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse Belgium Results". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Stybar wins cat and mouse Espoir race". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Dutch elite champion easily beats U23 field". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Boom booms in cyclo-cross". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Boasson Hagen and Boom share the honours". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Holland's Boom takes Under 23 title after two-man fight". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Boom: Dutch cyclist of the year". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  10. ^ "He's back! Like a Boomerang". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  11. ^ "It's Boom again and Poilvet stays on top". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  12. ^ "Olympia's Tour 2008 for Lars". Lars Boom.nl. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  13. ^ "Lars Boom pakt ook nationale titel op de weg" (in Dutch). Elsevier.nl. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  14. ^ "Lars Lars Boom Nederlands wielerkampioen" (in Dutch)). Gelderlander.nl. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  15. ^ "Boom to concentrate on road after '08". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  16. ^ "Boom wins Dutch 'cross title". 8 January 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Koos Moerenhout
Dutch National Road Race Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Koos Moerenhout
Preceded by
Stef Clement
Dutch National Time Trial Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Stef Clement