Boom, a World Champion cyclocross racer and top TT rider, proved he's developing into a talented stage racer with the win in Britain. Cor Vos photo.

Boom Wins Tour of Britain!

September 19, 2011

Lars Boom of the Rabobank team made his first trip to the United Kingdom one to remember, winning the weeklong Tour of Britain, which concluded Sunday.

Boom took over the race lead when he sprinted to victory on his Giant TCR Advanced SL on an uphill finish at the end of Stage 3. He was aided that day by Australian teammate Michael Matthews, and the Rabobank team helped Boom defend the golden leader’s jersey throughout the rest of the week. The Dutch rider confirmed his great form with an impressive solo win in Stage 6.

Boom sealed the deal on Sunday, a day that featured two stages in London, site of the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. In the first of those stages, a 10km time trial, the former Cyclocross World Champion finished second and extended his lead. Later in the afternoon Boom finished safely in the lead group at the end of a rainy 80km circuit race.

“Our team was very good this week,” Boom told Cyclingnews.com after securing the win. “I was confident with them behind me so there was no problem.”

Boom added that the performance gave him confidence heading into this week’s World Championship race in Copenhagen, where he will be riding for the Dutch squad.