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Lars Boom

Lars Boom
Lars Boom at the 2015 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameLars Anthonius Johannes Boom
Born (1985-12-30) 30 December 1985 (age 38)
Vlijmen, the Netherlands
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current teamPrivateer
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Road (retired)
  • Mountain biking
Rider type
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Time-trialist/Classics specialist (road)
  • Marathon (MTB)
Amateur teams
2002–2003Rabobank Junior
Professional teams
2004–2008Rabobank GS3
Major wins
World Championships (2008)
National Championships (2007–2012)

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2014)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2009)

Stage races

Tour of Britain (2011, 2017)
Eneco Tour (2012)
Tour of Belgium (2009)
Ster ZLM Toer (2013)

Single-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2008)
National Time Trial Championships (2008)
Medal record
Representing the  Netherlands
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Stuttgart Under-23 time trial
Men's cyclo-cross
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Monopoli Junior
Gold medal – first place 2007 Hooglede Under-23
Gold medal – first place 2008 Treviso Elite
Silver medal – second place 2006 Zeddam Under-23

Lars Anthonius Johannes Boom (born 30 December 1985) is a professional cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing cyclist from the Netherlands. He has also competed professionally in road racing, having raced between 2004 and 2019.[3]

Born in Vlijmen, Netherlands, Boom has also previously competed for Rabobank and their junior and continental teams over two spells with the team, as well as Astana. 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, under-23 champion from 2004 to 2006, and the elite champion from 2007 to 2012.


Rabobank Continental (2003–2008)

During the 2005–2006 cyclocross 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[4] as well as the win in the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse after Bart Wellens was disqualified for having kicked a spectator.[5] Boom was beaten by Zdeněk Štybar in a sprint for the Under 23 World Championships[6] but returned a year later to dominate the race and to win the Under 23 World Champion jersey.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] In September 2007, Boom became Under 23 World Time Trial champion beating Russian Mikhail Ignatiev.[10] In November 2007, Boom won the Gerrit Schulte Trophy as the Dutch cyclist of the year for his two World Championship wins.[11] 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 Liévin and Hoogerheide. He went into the world championships in Treviso 2008 as big favourite and did not 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 in Fréhel.[12] Boom also won the sixth stage time trial.[13] Boom then dominated the oldest stage race in the Netherlands – the Olympia's Tour.[14] 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.[15][16] He would win the national time trial title several weeks later after which he announced that he intended on switching focus from cyclo-cross to road racing after the 2008/09 cyclo-cross season.[17]

Rabobank (2009–2014)

In 2009 Boom won the Tour of Belgium after a strong performance uphill, and in the final Time Trial. In his first Vuelta a España, 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 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.[18]

In 2014 Boom won the fifth stage of the Tour de France, a stage marked by difficulty due to wet conditions and significant sections of cobblestones. The stage was his first win of 2014 and came nine years to the day after the previous victory by a Dutch rider (Pieter Weening) in the Tour de France.[19]

Astana (2015–2016)

Subsequently, Boom announced that he would be leaving Belkin and joining Astana for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.[20]

Coming into the Tour de France, Boom's notable results of the 2015 campaign were fourth in Paris–Roubaix[21] and sixth in the Tour of Flanders.[22] There was some controversy at the beginning of the Tour, as Boom's cortisol levels were too low in his blood per MPCC rules to participate in a cycling event, but the Astana management decided to field him anyway.[23] Boom blamed his asthma inhaler for his low cortisol levels.[24]

LottoNL–Jumbo (2017–2018)

After two seasons with Astana, Boom announced in August 2016 he would be joining LottoNL–Jumbo.

In January 2018 Boom had a successful heart surgery to treat a cardiac arrhythmia. Boom returned to racing for the Paris–Nice in March.[25]

In May 2018, Boom was expelled from the Tour of Norway for aggression against Belgian rider Preben Van Hecke. Video images showed some kind of incident where Van Hecke had to brake and Boom was upset about this. He overtook Van Hecke and punched him and attacked his helmet during the race.[26] On 2 July, the UCI suspended him for a month, missing the Tour de France as a result.[27]

Retirement from road racing

In December 2019, Boom announced that he was retiring from road racing after being unable to find a contract for 2020, due to his Roompot–Charles team folding at the end of the season.[3]

He was a directeur sportif for UCI Women's World Tour team Liv Racing for the 2021 season and for SD Worx in 2022.

Major results


1st National Junior Championships
1st UCI World Junior Championships
1st National Junior Championships
1st Overall Junior Superprestige
1st Sint-Michielsgestel
1st Gavere
1st Gieten
1st Diegem
1st Hoogstraten
1st Harnes
3rd Vorselaar
1st National Under-23 Championships
UCI Under-23 World Cup
1st Koksijde
3rd Nommay
1st UEC European Under-23 Championships
1st National Under-23 Championships
3rd Overall Under-23 Superprestige
1st Ruddervoorde
2nd Hamme
3rd Gieten
1st National Under-23 Championships
1st Overijse
Gazet van Antwerpen
1st Baal
UCI Under-23 World Cup
1st Hoogerheide
2nd UCI World Under-23 Championships
3rd Gieten
1st UCI World Under-23 Championships
1st National Championships
UCI Under-23 World Cup
1st Hoogerheide
2nd Nommay
1st Heerlen
Gazet van Antwerpen
2nd Baal
3rd Eeklo
1st UCI World Championships
1st National Championships
UCI World Cup
1st Pijnacker
1st Liévin
1st Hoogerheide
3rd Tábor
3rd Koksijde
3rd Hofstade
Gazet van Antwerpen
1st Loenhout
2nd Niel
2nd Essen
3rd Oostmalle
1st Mechelen
1st Zeddam
2nd Heerlen
3rd Gieten
1st National Championships
Gazet van Antwerpen
1st Niel
2nd Koppenberg
UCI World Cup
1st Pijnacker
1st Nommay
2nd Milan
1st Surhuisterveen
2nd Veghel-Eerde
2nd Overijse
2nd Woerden
1st National Championships
1st National Championships
UCI World Cup
1st Heusden-Zolder
1st Leudelange
1st National Championships
2nd National Championships
2nd Surhuisterveen

UCI World Cup results

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2007–2008 KAL
n/a n/a
2008–2009 KAL
5 426
2010–2011 AIG
41 80
2011–2012 PLZ
45 71
2015–2016 LAS
88 8
2016–2017 LAS
59 40


1st Stage 2 Triptyque Ardennais
3rd Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Young rider classification, Triptyque des Barrages
1st Stage 2 Grand Prix de la Somme
2nd Overall Hessen-Rundfahrt
10th Grand Prix de la ville de Pérenchies
1st Overall Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
1st Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
1st Stage 3a (ITT) Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
2nd Time trial, National Under-23 Championships
1st Time trial, UCI World Under-23 Championships
1st Time trial, National Under-23 Championships
1st Overall Tour de Bretagne
1st Young rider classification
1st Prologue & Stage 5 (ITT)
1st Omloop der Kempen
1st Prologue Tour de Normandie
3rd Overall Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
3rd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
4th Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Prologue, Stages 4 & 6 (ITT)
6th Grand Prix de la Somme
National Championships
1st Road race
1st Time trial
1st Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Stages 7 (ITT) & 8
1st Overall Volta a Lleida
1st Stage 8
Circuito Montañés
1st Stages 1, 5a (ITT) & 7
Tour de Bretagne
1st Stages 3 & 6 (ITT)
1st Stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista a León
1st Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
7th Overall Sachsen Tour
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
1st Prologue Paris–Nice
3rd Road race, National Championships
5th E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
6th Overall Eneco Tour
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Prologue Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Overall Eneco Tour
National Championships
2nd Road race
2nd Time trial
2nd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 3
2nd Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
5th Road race, UCI World Championships
6th Paris–Roubaix
1st Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 4
1st Profronde van Heerlen
1st Profronde van Zevenbergen
1st Points classification, Eneco Tour
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Tour Méditerranéen
2nd Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Stage 2
3rd Profronde van Oostvoorne
4th Binche–Chimay–Binche
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
2nd Overall Eneco Tour
1st Stage 1 Danmark Rundt
4th Paris–Roubaix
6th Tour of Flanders
6th E3 Harelbeke
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
4th Veenendaal–Veenendaal Classic
8th Overall BinckBank Tour
1st Stage 5
4th Le Samyn
8th Clásica de Almería

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia Did not contest during career
A yellow jersey Tour de France 130 DNF 105 97 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España 55 107 153

Monuments results timeline

Monument 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Milan–San Remo 94 112 32 51 25
Tour of Flanders 76 37 DNF 11 93 6 11 97 DNF
Paris–Roubaix OTL 12 6 14 37 4 DNF DNF 74
Liège–Bastogne–Liège DNF
Giro di Lombardia 100
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Mountain Bike

1st Marathon, National Championships
1st Beach race, UEC European Championships
1st Marathon, National Championships
2nd Marathon, National Championships

See also


  1. ^ "Former Rabobank (RAB) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ Kerkhof, Michael (5 October 2018). "Lammertink en Van Poppel maken Roompot-Charles compleet" [Lammertink and Van Poppel complete Roompot-Charles]. Fiets (in Dutch). New Skool Media. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Lars Boom calls an end to road career". 11 December 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Results 7th Grote Prijs Sven Nys". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse Belgium Results". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Stybar wins cat and mouse Espoir race". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Dutch elite champion easily beats U23 field". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Boom booms in cyclo-cross". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  9. ^ "Boasson Hagen and Boom share the honours". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  10. ^ "Holland's Boom takes Under 23 title after two-man fight". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  11. ^ "Boom: Dutch cyclist of the year". Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  12. ^ "He's back! Like a Boomerang". Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  13. ^ "It's Boom again and Poilvet stays on top". Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  14. ^ "Olympia's Tour 2008 for Lars". Lars Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  15. ^ "Lars Boom pakt ook nationale titel op de weg" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  16. ^ "Lars Lars Boom Nederlands wielerkampioen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  17. ^ "Boom to concentrate on road after '08". Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  18. ^ "Boom wins Dutch 'cross title". 8 January 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  19. ^ "Boom wins cobblestone stage as Nibali extends GC lead, Froome crashes out". VeloNews. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  20. ^ Hood, Andrew (1 August 2014). "Giro points champ Bouhanni to Cofidis; Boom to Astana". VeloNews. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  21. ^ "Degenkolb wins Paris–Roubaix". 12 April 2015. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Kristoff conquers Tour of Flanders". Cyclingnews. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  23. ^ Hood, Andrew (4 July 2015). "Astana says Boom will start Tour". VeloNews. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  24. ^ "Boom blames asthma inhaler for low cortisol levels". 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Strade Bianche adds a wild card for van Aert – News Shorts".
  26. ^ "Boom expelled from Tour of Norway after punching another rider". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  27. ^ " cookie-informatie". (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 July 2018.
Sporting positions Preceded byKoos Moerenhout Dutch National Road Race ChampionshipsWinner 2008 Succeeded byKoos Moerenhout Preceded byStef Clement Dutch National Time Trial ChampionshipsWinner 2008 Succeeded byStef Clement
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