Lars Boom

Lars Boom

Lars Boom at the 2015 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Lars Anthonius Johannes Boom
Born (1985-12-30) 30 December 1985
Vlijmen, the Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current team Astana
Discipline Cyclo-cross
Role Rider
Rider type Cyclo-cross
Time-trialist/ Classics specialist (road)
Amateur team(s)
2002–2003 Rabobank Junior
Professional team(s)
2004–2008 Rabobank GS3
2009–2014 Rabobank
2015– Astana
Major wins

Grand Tours

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

Stage races

Eneco Tour (2012)
Tour of Belgium (2009)
Tour of Britain (2011)
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
24 December 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 Astana, having previously ridden for Rabobank[1] and 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.


Rabobank CT (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[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/Belkin (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, 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]

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. It was exactly nine years ago that a Dutch rider, Pieter Weening, won a Tour de France Stage.[17]

Astana Pro Team 2015–

Subsequently, Boom announced that he would be leaving Belkin and joining Team Astana for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.[18]

Coming into the Tour de France, Boom's notable results of the 2015 campaign were fourth in the Paris-Roubaix[19] and sixth in the Tour of Flanders.[20] 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.[21] Boom blamed his asthma inhaler for his low cortisol levels.[22]

Career achievements


1st National Junior Championships
1st National Junior Championships
1st World Junior Championships
1st National Junior Championships
1st National Under-23 Championships
1st U-23 Cyclo-cross Ruddervoorde
1st European Under-23 Championships
1st National Under-23 Championships
1st Cyclo-cross Amersfoort
1st Cyclo-cross Veldhoven
1st Cyclo-cross Overijse
1st National Under-23 Championships
1st Grand Prix Sven Nys
1st Grand Prix Adrie van der Poel, u23s
1st World Under-23 Championships
1st 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
1st World Championships
1st National Championships
1st World Cup-races Cyclo-cross Liévin & Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
1st National Championships
1st National Championships
1st UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup # 6 Heusden Zolder
1st National Championships
1st National Championships

Road racing

1st Stage 2 Triptyque Ardennais
1st Young rider classification Triptyque des Barrages
1st Stage 2 Tour de la Somme
2nd Overall 3-Länder-Tour
1st Overall Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 2
1st UCI World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
1st Prologue & Stage 5
Olympia's Tour
1st Prologue, Stages 4 & 6
1st Omloop der Kempen
1st Prologue Tour de Normandie
3rd Overall Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
3rd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st National Road Race Championships
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Stages 7 & 8
1st Overall Volta a Lleida
1st Stage 8
Circuito Montañés
1st Stages 1, 5a & 7
Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista a León
1st Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
7th Overall Sachsen Tour
1st Prologue Paris–Nice
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
5th E3 Harelbeke
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 Overall Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Overall Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 3
2nd Rondje Zuidoost
2nd National Time Trial Championships
2nd National Road Race Championships
6th Paris–Roubaix
1st Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Tour Méditerranéen
1st Points classification Eneco Tour
1st Profronde van Heerlen
1st Profronde van Zevenbergen
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

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro - - - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour - 130 WD - 105 97[23] WD
red jersey Vuelta 55 - - 107 - - -


WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

Monuments results

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
2014 93rd 37th
2015 51st 6th 4th
2016 25th 11th -

See also


  1. "Former Rabobank (RAB) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. "Results 7th Grote Prijs Sven Nys". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  3. "Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse Belgium Results". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  4. "Stybar wins cat and mouse Espoir race". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  5. "Dutch elite champion easily beats U23 field". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  6. "Boom booms in cyclo-cross". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  7. "Boasson Hagen and Boom share the honours". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  8. "Holland's Boom takes Under 23 title after two-man fight". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  9. "Boom: Dutch cyclist of the year". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  10. "He's back! Like a Boomerang". Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  11. "It's Boom again and Poilvet stays on top". Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  12. "Olympia's Tour 2008 for Lars". Lars Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  13. "Lars Boom pakt ook nationale titel op de weg" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  14. "Lars Lars Boom Nederlands wielerkampioen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  15. "Boom to concentrate on road after '08". Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  16. "Boom wins Dutch 'cross title". 8 January 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  17. "Boom wins cobblestone stage as Nibali extends GC lead, Froome crashes out". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  18. Hood, Andrew (1 August 2014). "Giro points champ Bouhanni to Cofidis; Boom to Astana". VeloNews. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  19. "Degenkolb wins Paris-Roubaix". Future plc. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  20. "Kristoff conquers Tour of Flanders". Cyclingnews. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  21. Hood, Andrew (4 July 2015). "Astana says Boom will start Tour". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  22. "Boom blames asthma inhaler for low cortisol levels". Immediate Media Company. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  23. "Tour de France 2014 Jersey wearers after the stage 21".
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Koos Moerenhout
Dutch National Road Race Champion
Succeeded by
Koos Moerenhout
Preceded by
Stef Clement
Dutch National Time Trial Champion
Succeeded by
Stef Clement

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