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Boom dominates U23 race at ‘cross world’s

"Last year," said Lars Boom, "I was not happy with second." On Saturday, the young Dutchman made up for that disappointment by finally winning the under-23 title at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, in his final year as an espoir. Belgium's Niels Albert took the silver and Roman Villa of France the bronze, while defending champion Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) could manage no better than fourth.

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By Rob Jones, VeloNews.com

Boom takes the win

Boom takes the win

Photo: Graham Watson

“Last year,” said Lars Boom, “I was not happy with second.”

On Saturday, the young Dutchman made up for that disappointment by finally winning the under-23 title at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, in his final year as an espoir.

Belgium’s Niels Albert took the silver and Roman Villa of France the bronze, while defending champion Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) could manage no better than fourth.

The race started blazingly fast, with Boom and Albert heading straight to the front of the 63-rider field. By the end of the first lap the race was shattered, with Boom, Albert and Villa clear of a chase group of 10, including Stybar.

Albert gave it his best, but conceded that Boom was stronger

Albert gave it his best, but conceded that Boom was stronger

Photo: Graham Watson

A lap later, Boom was on his own, some 10 seconds in front of Albert, who could not match the Dutchman’s pace. Villa dangled just behind Albert, while Stybar had shed the rest of the chasers and was starting to move up.

But the three chasers were in a race for the remaining two podium spots, since Boom was in a league of his own. Each lap the gap grew, eventually topping a minute and a half, until on the final go-round Boom was able to slow down and wave to his fans, celebrating with half a lap remaining.

“After the descent (on the first lap) I saw some gaps forming, so I went hard.” explained the new world champion. “I went hard in all the places that it was possible to go fast, and I think that made the difference.”

It wasn’t just the “fast” places — Boom was noticeably quicker plowing through the man-made sand pit at the far end of the course, an energy-sapping 50 meters that forced many riders to dismount.

“I came to win, but he was better,” said Albert. “Today I had a normal good day, but I needed a super day to beat Lars.”

Race notes
Top North American was Jamey Driscoll of the USA in 36th place, the only North American not to be lapped by Boom.

American Chance Noble finished 39th, one of the last two riders to be lapped by Boom. “I felt good, I had a good start. But it has been a long season, and I can definitely feel it, I feel a little burnt out. I was hoping for top 40, but I guess I’m a little disappointed that I got lapped. But I’m a first year (espoir), so I’ll be back.”

On the run

On the run

Photo: Graham Watson

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
Under-23 men

1. Lars Boom (Ned), 53:53.0
2. Niels Albert (B), at 1:22.5
3. Romain Villa (F), at 1:44.0
4. Zdenek Stybar (Cze), at 2:29.0
5. Philipp Walsleben (G), at 2:49.0
6. Lukas Kloucek (Cze), at 2:56.0
7. Jonathan Lopez (F), at 3:04.0
8. Rob Peeters (B), at 3:10.0
9. Rafael Visinelli (I), at 3:23.0
10. Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned), at 3:30

Complete results

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Results

Results

1. Lars Boom (Ned), 53:53.0

2. Niels Albert (B), at 1:22.5

3. Romain Villa (F), at 1:44.0

4. Zdenek Stybar (Cze), at 2:29.0

5. Philipp Walsleben (G), at 2:49.0

6. Lukas Kloucek (Cze), at 2:56.0

7. Jonathan Lopez (F), at 3:04.0

8. Rob Peeters (B), at 3:10.0

9. Rafael Visinelli (I), at 3:23.0

10. Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned), at 3.30

11. Finn Heitmann (G), at 3:38.0

12. Aurelien Duval (F), at 3:40.0

13. Robert Gavenda (Slo), at 4:24.0

14. Eddy Van Ijzendoorn (Ned), at 4:45.0

15. Tom Van Den Bosch (B), at 4.55.5

16. Ian Field (GB), at 5:02.0

17. Quentin Bertholet (B), at 5:07.0

18. Frantisek Kloucek (Cze), at 5:11.0

19. Davide Malacarne (I), at 5:19.0

20. Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned), at 5:25.0

21. Jempy Drucker (Lux), at 5:30.0

22. Romain Lejeune (F), at 5:40.0

23. Matthias Flückiger (Swi), at 5:52.0

24. René Lang (Swi), at 5:56.0

25. Dieter Vanthourenhout (B), at 6:13.0

26. Ondrej Bambula (Cze), at 6:16.0

27. David Menger (Cze), at 6:23.0

28. Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned), at 6:34.0

29. Marcel Wildhaber (Swi), at 6:46.0

30. Cristian Cominelli (I), at 7:03.0

31. Sascha Weber (G), at 8:10.0

32. Florian Le Corre (F), at 8:17.0

33. Yannick Tiedt (G), at 8:32.0

34. Mauro Gonzalez Fontan (Sp), at 8:47.0

35. Marcin Sobiepanek (Pol), at 8:56.0

36. Jamey Driscoll (USA), at 9:09.0

37. Marco Ponta (I), at 9:19.0

38. Hugo Martinez Rus (Sp), at 1 lap

39. Chance Noble (USA), at 1 lap

40. Kim Michely (Lux), at 1 lap

41. Dawid Romanowski (Pol), at 1 lap

42. Yu Takenouchi (Jpn), at 1 lap

43. Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol), at 1 lap

44. David Claerebout (Lux), at 1 lap

45. Adam Bycka (Pol), at 1 lap

46. Daniel Neyens (USA), at 1 lap

47. Charles Tob Marzot (USA), at 1 lap

48. Gabriele Mercante (I), at 1 lap

49. Tomasz Repinski (Pol), at 1 lap

50. Kyle Douglas (Can), at 1 lap

51. Tetsuya Fujioka (Jpn), at 1 lap

52. Brian Zengeni (Zim), at 1 lap

53. Brian Robinson (Can), at 1 lap

54. Gorden Martin (Zim), at 1 lap

55. Aaron Schooler (Can), at 1 lap

56. Yudai Izawa (Jpn), at 1 lap

57. Shaun Adamson (Can), at 1 lap

DNF Julien Taramarcaz (Swi), at

DNF Yves Corminboeuf (Swi), at

DNF David Lozano Riba (Sp), at

DNF Erlantz Uriarte Okamika (Sp), at

DNF Byron Munyoro (Zim), at

DNF Wataru Otsuka (Jpn), at