Cycling | 11 augustus 2017

Boom hits double in BinckBank Tour

Lars Boom won the fifth stage in the BinckBank Tour. Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s 31-year-old rider was the first to pass the finish line in Sittard-Geleen after a solo ride. Shortly before, he escaped from a select leading group in the 164,9 kilometres long stage. Boom also took the lead in the general classification.

Initially, Lars Boom lost contact with the first part of the peloton. “I was behind a crash when the peloton fell apart”, he explained afterwards. “However, I was able to return and I stayed in front. Two kilometres before the end I saw a possibility to attack. It was a good moment and I could hold it until the finish. I’m glad that I took the victory as well as the lead in the general classification."

His first victory of the season caused many emotions. “It indeed brings a lot of joy”, he said. “The spring classics didn’t go as well as expected. Afterwards, I was close to the Dutch title. I worked hard to reach this level and it’s great that I could achieve this. I always want to win. Therefore, it’s beautiful I can end a difficult period with many doubts in this way. Finally I have been able to deliver my team a win and that’s great.” It is Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s 21st win of the season.

Boom is also the leader in the general classification. “The shape is good, but we still have two difficult stages ahead. We have to wait and see how the race will evolve. In addition, we miss two important riders with Robert Wagner and Tom Leezer after today’s stage. We have to take that into account.”