Boom continued his dominance with an 11th straight national title at the Dutch Cyclocross Championships. Cor Vos photo.

3 Dutch CX Titles for Rabo-Giant!

8 január 2012

A trio of Rabobank-Giant cyclocross stars—Lars Boom, Marianne Vos and Lars van der Haar—dominated the Dutch National Championships Sunday in Huijbergen, The Netherlands, winning the elite men’s, elite women’s and Under 23 men’s titles respectively.

When it comes to the Dutch Cyclocross Championships, Boom just doesn’t lose. From his junior years, through the U23 ranks, and now as an elite, Boom has a decade-long win streak in one of the world’s most competitive ’cross nations.

Boom took home his 11th national champion’s jersey after dominating the elite men’s race on his Giant TCX Advanced SL. Even though he has shifted his focus to road racing the past few seasons, and is competing in a compressed ’cross schedule, Boom came into Sunday's race as the favorite, and lived up to the expectations.

Boom was joined on the podium by his Rabobank-Giant teammate Niels Wubben, who took the bronze medal. Also finishing in the top 10 of the elite men’s race for the team was Gerben de Knegt in sixth.

Following in the footsteps of Boom is his younger Rabobank teammate, U23 World Champion van der Haar. The 20-year-old defended his Dutch title in the Espoirs race, beating David van der Poel and teammate Stan Godrie, second and third respectively, to take the win in Huijbergen. Van der Haar won both the European and Dutch Championships this year, and will now turn his attention to the upcoming World Championships.

In the women’s race, Vos, who will lead the new Rabobank women’s team in the 2012 road racing season, hopped on her new Giant TCX Advanced SL ’cross bike and immediately distanced herself from the competition. The defending World Champ cruised to a winning margin of 1:08.

Meanwhile, Vos's new teammate, Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France, added to the Rabobank medal haul in Europe by winning the silver medal in the elite women's race at the French Cyclocross Championships in Quelneuc.