Theo Bos

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Theo Bos
Theo Boss, Japan Cup 2012 (cropped).jpg
Bos at the 2012 Japan Cup
Personal information
Full name Theo Bos
Born (1983-08-22) August 22, 1983 (age 31)
Hierden, Netherlands
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Team information
Current team Belkin Pro Cycling
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
2009
2010
2011–2014
Rabobank Continental Team
Cervélo TestTeam
Rabobank
Infobox last updated on
25 May 2014

Theo Bos (born 22 August 1983) is a Dutch road cyclist and track cyclist, Olympic silver medalist and five-time world champion. He lives in Alkmaar. Theo Bos is the brother of Olympic medalist in speed skating Jan Bos. Bos rides for UCI ProTeam Belkin Pro Cycling.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bos was born in Hierden, Netherlands. He has an older brother Jan Bos, who is a professional speed skater.

He went to high school in Harderwijk, where he got a havo diploma. Later he also got a vwo diploma.

In 2001, he was Junior World Champion track cycling at 1,000 m. The same year, at the age of 18, he started his professional cycling career as a senior.

Professional sport career[edit]

Track cycling[edit]

He won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the sprint event.

He won an individual gold in the sprint at the 2004 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. The following year, he won the individual sprint and a silver medal in the team sprint at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

At the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Bos won the keirin and completed a triple, having been world champion in the sprint, kilo and keirin . He won the keirin after accelerating with two laps to go, winning by a wide margin and able to raise his hands and salute the crowd as he passed the finish line.[2] His French rival, and bronze medal winner, Arnaud Tournant, said Bos' performance was "the best I’ve seen in a very long time."

On 16 December 2006, Bos broke the world 200m track record during qualification rounds for the sprint at a World Cup meeting in Moscow. Bos clocked 9.772 seconds (after a computer initially had given him an unlikely 9.086 seconds) and beat the 11-year record held by Canadian Curt Harnett. Bos declared the 200m the "ultimate record" for track cyclists.[3] Five days later Bos was elected Dutch Sportsman of the year. Bos's record was beaten by Frenchman Kévin Sireau at the Moscow Grand Prix on 29 May 2009 with 9.65 seconds.

Road cycling[edit]

On 19 April 2009, Bos was in a controversial crash in the final 800m of the final stage of the Tour of Turkey. Bos apparently caused the crash of the eventual winner Daryl Impey by grabbing Impey's left shoulder with his right hand. Impey crashed to the left, into the barrier, next to Bos. Bos admitted pushing Impey. Bos claimed the reason for pushing Impey was because Impey was moving in on him while he was already close to the fence.[4][5][6] Bos was disqualified and fined. On 1 May 2009 the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said “Bos’s behavior undermined the image, reputation and interests of cycling”. Bos was charged with an infringement and was brought before a UCI disciplinary hearing in which he was found guilty of violating UCI regulations. Bos was subsequently suspended from professional racing from 15 August through 14 September 2009.

In the off season before 2010 Bos signed with the Cervélo TestTeam, that included former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre. He was touted as another addition to their sprint team. He raced in many smaller races, and some large ones including Paris–Roubaix and the Vuelta a España. When the Cervelo Test Team folded in late 2010, Bos returned to the Rabobank team, where he raced as a Continental. His first triumph of 2011 came in the first stage of the Tour of Oman, beating Mark Cavendish in a sprint finish.

In 2012, he won the first and last stages of the Tour of Turkey. Both of these stages saw crashes in the finale, diminishing the number of sprinters Bos had to compete against.[7] Bos took the first win of his career at the World Tour level on the 2012 Eneco Tour. On Stage 3 from Riemst to Genk, he edged John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) on the finish line in a bunch sprint to take the victory.[8]

Bos was originally selected as a member of the Belkin squad for the 2013 Vuelta a España, however he was withdrawn before the start of the race after tests revealed he had low cortisol levels. A team statement noted that this was "an indication of sub-optimal health conditions", and that whilst low cortisol levels were not a barrier to competing in UCI World Tour races the team's medical staff and Bos had agreed to send him home.[9] Subsequently Bos confirmed that his condition was due to an extreme reaction to asthma medication.[10]

Bos will ride for the Pro Continental team MTN Qhubeka from 2015 onwards.[11]

""The team races for a cause that is more than just winning races and that is Qhubeka, a social initiative where they aim to put children in Africa on bicycles. I really like this human element to the team. I hope I will be able to bring a fan base with me to the team that will bring new support to the Qhubeka initiative. "

Theo Bos

Palmarès[edit]

Track[edit]

2001
1st, UCI Track World Championships – 1 km time trial (juniors)
2002
2nd, European Championships – 1 km time trial (u-23)
1st, European Championships – keirin (u-23)
2nd, European Championships – sprint (u-23)
2003
1st, European Championships – 1 km time trial (u-23)
2nd, European Championships – keirin (u-23)
1st, European Championships – sprint (u-23)
2nd, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Moscow – 1 km time trial
1st, National Championships – 1 km time trial
1st, National Championships – sprint
2004
3rd, UCI Track World Championships – 1 km time trial
1st, UCI Track World Championships – sprint
2nd, Olympic Games – sprint
2nd, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Manchester – 1 km time trial
2nd, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Moscow – team sprint
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Moscow – 1 km time trial
3rd, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Moscow – sprint
1st, National Championships – sprint
1st, National Championships – keirin
2005
1st, UCI Track World Championships – 1 km time trial
2nd, UCI Track World Championships – team sprint
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Los Angeles – 1 km time trial
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Los Angeles – team sprint
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Manchester – sprint
2nd, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Manchester – team sprint
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Sydney – keirin
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Sydney – sprint
2006
1st, UCI Track World Championships – keirin
1st, UCI Track World Championships – sprint
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Moscow – sprint
2nd, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Moscow – team sprint
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Sydney – keirin (2006–1)
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Sydney – keirin (2006–2)
1st, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Sydney – team sprint (2006–1)
2nd, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Sydney – team sprint (2006–2)
1st, National Championships – sprint
1st, National Championships – keirin
2007
2nd, UCI Track World Championships – keirin
1st, UCI Track World Championships – sprint
1st, Masters of Sprint
1st, Rotterdam Sprint Cup
1st, National Championships – sprint
1st, National Championships – keirin
2008
3rd, World Championships – team sprint
2010
1st National Championships – madison (together with Peter Schep)
2011
3rd, World Championships – Madison, with Peter Schep
2012
2nd, National Championships – 1 km time trial

Road[edit]

2009
Olympia's Tour
1st Prologue & Stages 1, 2 & 4
1st Ronde van Noord-Holland
1st Omloop der Kempen
3rd Ronde van Overijssel
4th Beverbeek Classic
2010
1st Clásica de Almería
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Murcia
Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Points classification
2011
Tour of Oman
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Tour de Rijke
1st Stage 6 Tour of Denmark
1st Dutch Food Valley Classic
2nd Delta Tour Zeeland
8th Scheldeprijs
2012
1st Dwars door Drenthe
1st Dutch Food Valley Classic
1st Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
Tour of Turkey
1st Stages 1 & 8
1st Stage 3 Eneco Tour
1st Stage 2 World Ports Classic
3rd Clásica de Almería
3rd Scheldeprijs
2013
Tour of Hainan
1st Stages 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9
Tour de Langkawi
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 1 Critérium International
1st Stage 3 Glava Tour of Norway
1st Stage 2 Ster ZLM Toer
8th Scheldeprijs
9th Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
2014
1st MaillotCyan.PNG Overall World Ports Classic
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
Tour de Langkawi
1st Stages 2, 7, 8 & 9
1st Stage 3 Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 4 Tour of Alberta
2nd Handzame Classic

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro - - WD - -
Yellow jersey Tour - - - -
red jersey Vuelta WD - - -

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Rabobank (RAB) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
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  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ Theo Bos and Daryl Impey Crash – Tour Of Turkey stage 8
  7. ^ "Grabovski wins 2012 Tour of Turkey". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 29 April 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bos takes sprint victory in Genk". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Reuters (24 August 2013). "Vuelta a España – Bos withdraws due to "health conditions"". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Theo Bos confirms asthma medication forced withdrawal from Vuelta a Espana". skysports.com. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Stephen Farrand (2 September 2014). "Transfers: MTN-Qhubeka confirms Bos as team sprinter". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Curt Harnett
Men's 200 meter Time Trial
world record holder

16 December 2006 – 29 May 2009
Succeeded by
Kévin Sireau
Awards
Preceded by
Yuri van Gelder
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Sven Kramer