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Theo Bos

Theo Bos
Bos in 2018
Personal information
Born (1983-08-22) 22 August 1983 (age 40)
Hierden, Netherlands
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Disciplines
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team
2017BEAT Cycling Club
Professional teams
2009Rabobank Continental Team
2010Cervélo TestTeam
2011–2014Rabobank[1]
2015–2016MTN–Qhubeka[2]
2018–2021BEAT Cycling Club[3]
Medal record

Theo Bos (born 22 August 1983) is a Dutch former professional road and track cyclist.[4] An Olympic silver medalist and five-time world champion, he is the brother of Olympic medalist in speed skating Jan Bos.

On 29 November 2021, he announced his retirement of the professional cycling sport and took up the job of coach of the Chinese national track team.[5]

Early life

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 career

Track cycling

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 career 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.[6] 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.[7] Five days later Bos was elected Dutch Sportsman of the year. Bos' record was beaten by Frenchman Kévin Sireau at the Moscow Grand Prix on 29 May 2009 with 9.65 seconds.

Starting August 2017, Bos started riding for BEAT Cycling Club.[8] He is in a team with Matthijs Büchli and Roy van den Berg. In 2017 Bos won the Dutch Championships in the team sprint with Büchli and van den Berg. At the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn he won a bronze medal in the individual 1 km time trial.

Road cycling

On 19 April 2009, Bos was in a controversial crash in the final 800m of the final stage of the Tour of Turkey. Bos 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.[9][10][11] 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. 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.[12] Bos took his first win at World Tour level at the 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.[13]

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.[14] Subsequently, Bos confirmed that his condition was due to an extreme reaction to asthma medication.[15]

Bos rode for the Pro Continental team MTN–Qhubeka in 2015 and 2016.[2] Bos said about Team MTN-Qhubeka "The team has a great culture, I want to win and we will work together to win, our success is the success of Africa."[16]

""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

Following the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour, where he did not finish stage 2, he had no further results at any major road events.[17]

Major results

Track

2001
1st Kilo, UCI Juniors World Championships
2002
UEC European Under-23 Championships
1st Keirin
2nd Kilo
2nd Sprint
National Championships
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
2003
UEC European Under-23 Championships
1st Kilo
1st Sprint
2nd Keirin
National Championships
1st Keirin
1st Kilo
1st Sprint
2nd Kilo, UCI World Cup Classics, Moscow
2004
UCI World Championships
1st Sprint
3rd Kilo
National Championships
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
2004 UCI World Cup Classics
1st Kilo, Moscow
2nd Kilo, Manchester
2nd Team sprint, Moscow
3rd Sprint, Moscow
2004–05 UCI World Cup Classics, Los Angeles
1st Kilo
1st Team sprint
2nd Sprint, Olympic Games
2005
UCI World Championships
1st Kilo
2nd Team sprint
2004–05 UCI World Cup Classics, Sydney
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
2005–06 UCI World Cup Classics, Manchester
1st Sprint
2nd Team sprint
2006
UCI World Championships
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
National Championships
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
2005–06 UCI World Cup Classics, Sydney
1st Keirin
1st Team sprint
2006–07 UCI World Cup Classics
1st Keirin, Sydney
1st Sprint, Moscow
2nd Team sprint, Sydney
2nd Team sprint, Moscow
2007
UCI World Championships
1st Sprint
2nd Keirin
National Championships
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st Masters of Sprint
1st Rotterdam Sprint Cup
2008
3rd Team sprint, UCI World Championships
2010
1st Madison, National Championships (with Peter Schep)
2011
3rd Madison, UCI World Championships (with Peter Schep)
2012
2nd Kilo, National Championships
2015
National Championships
1st Kilo
1st Omnium
1st Sprint
2016
2nd Kilo, UCI World Championships
2017
1st Team sprint, National Championships (with Matthijs Büchli and Roy van den Berg)
2nd Team sprint, UCI World Championships
2nd Team sprint, 2017–18 UCI World Cup, Manchester (with Matthijs Büchli and Roy van den Berg)
2018
2017–18 UCI World Cup, Minsk
1st Team sprint (with Matthijs Büchli and Roy van den Berg)
3rd Sprint
2018–19 UCI World Cup
2nd Team sprint, Milton
3rd Keirin, London
3rd Kilo, Berlin
1st Team sprint, National Championships (with Matthijs Büchli and Roy van den Berg)
3rd Kilo, UCI World Championships
2019
1st Keirin, 2018–19 UCI World Cup, Hong Kong
2nd Kilo, UCI World Championships
2nd Kilo, UEC European Championships

Road

2009
1st Ronde van Noord-Holland
1st Omloop der Kempen
Olympia's Tour
1st Prologue (TTT), Stages 1, 2 & 4
3rd Ronde van Overijssel
4th Beverbeek Classic
2010
1st Clásica de Almería
Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Murcia
2011
1st Tour de Rijke
1st Dutch Food Valley Classic
Tour of Oman
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Stage 6 Danmark Rundt
2nd Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
6th Handzame Classic
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 Scheldeprijs
2013
Tour of Hainan
1st Stages 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9
Tour de Langkawi
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 1 Critérium International
1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 2 Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 3 Tour of Norway
8th Scheldeprijs
9th Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
2014
1st Overall World Ports Classic
1st Points classification
1st Ronde van Zeeland Seaports
Tour de Langkawi
1st Stages 2, 7, 8 & 9
1st Stage 3 Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 4 Tour of Alberta
2nd Handzame Classic
3rd Overall Tour de l'Eurométropole
1st Stage 3

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References

  1. ^ "Former Rabobank (RAB) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Farrand (2 September 2014). "Transfers: MTN-Qhubeka confirms Bos as team sprinter". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ "BEAT Cycling Club". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  4. ^ "BEAT Cycling". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 31 January 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Theo Bos announces retirement and takes up China job". nos.nl. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  6. ^ "www.cyclingnews.com presents the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships". autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  7. ^ "NOSSTUDIOSPORT - Wereldrecord en WB-goud Theo Bos". Archived from the original on 7 September 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2006.
  8. ^ "First pro team inside club structure BEAT", BEATCycling.club, 9 August 2017
  9. ^ dimspace (19 April 2009). "Theo Bos and Daryl Impey Crash (slow mo) – Tour Of Turkey stage 8". Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2017 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ afx237vi (19 April 2009). "Theo Bos in the Tour of Turkey". Retrieved 17 June 2017 – via YouTube.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "UCI kan Bos alsnog straffen – NU – Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl". www.nu.nl. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Grabovski wins 2012 Tour of Turkey". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Bos takes sprint victory in Genk". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Vuelta a España – Bos withdraws due to "health conditions"". Yahoo! Sports. Reuters. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Theo Bos confirms asthma medication forced withdrawal from Vuelta a España". skysports.com. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Theo Bos Joins Team MTN-Qhubeka". 2 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Race stats". Retrieved 13 September 2016.
Records Preceded byCurt Harnett Men's 200 meter Time Trialworld record holder 16 December 2006 – 29 May 2009 Succeeded byKévin Sireau
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