Boom returns to reclaim Dutch 'cross title

Boom tops de Knegt, Van der Poel wins junior 'cross title

Lars Boom claimed his fourth consecutive elite cyclo-cross title in Heerlen on Sunday, the tenth championship in his 'cross career. Normally, seeing the lanky former world champion don the Dutch championship jersey would not be a surprise, but after Boom chose to abandon his 'cross ambitions for a road career, most counted him out of this year's event.

Yet as second place finisher Gerben de Knegt said, you can never count Boom out, and De Knegt fell victim to his younger teammate's powerful sprint. Thijs Al claimed the final podium spot.

Boom was chasing behind Al and De Knegt, but on the last lap each had a slip-up and Boom was able to catch and then sprint to the win.

"I honestly thought it was over," said Boom to De Telegraaf. "But my friend called out that the two had stopped working and I went full gas."

Al, who had ridden most of the race as clearly the strongest man on the day mis-shifted and slipped on the last lap, giving the advantage went to Boom on the finishing straight. "If Lars can get to the road first, few can follow."

De Knegt admitted he didn't have the best day, while Boom chalked the race win up to luck as much as skill.

"In the last lap Gerben made a mistake first, then Al slipped away. ... This was my hardest fought title," said Boom.

Thijs Van Amerongen and Wilant van Gils were the next riders across the line, just behind Al.

Elite Men
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:02:20 
2Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank0:00:01 
3Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - BeOne0:00:03 
4Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:00:04 
5Wilant van Gils (Ned) Pro Cycling Team ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida0:00:06 
6Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet - EBH Advocaten - Elshof0:00:24 
7Rudi Van Houts (Ned) TWC Tempo0:02:52 
8Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel0:02:54 
9Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned) WV Schijndel0:04:13 
10Jordy Luisman (Ned) CRT Raalte0:04:23 
11Ivar Hartogs (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida0:04:49 
12Harm Bronkhorst (Ned) RWC Ahoy  
13Micha de Vries (Ned) Cube Sperry Team  
14Jorn Van Veen (Ned) W.V. Eemland  
15Hans Becking (Ned) Bar End  
16Tim Ottens (Ned) HSC De Bataaf  
17Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) JVR De Batauwers  
18Roel Van Houtum (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel  
19Daan De Jonge (Ned) Josan-Mercedes Team  
20Jerry Kallenfels (Ned) Easypay Cyclocross Team  
21Bas De Bruin (Ned) Uithoornse Wtc  
DNFPatrick De Laat (Ned) FMC The Whoopers  
DNFNard Louws (Ned) WV De Jonge Renner  
DNFKasper Schotte (Ned) PRC Delta  
DNFKaey Van Rij (Ned) PRC Delta  
DNFBram Wind (Ned) GRC Jan Van Arckel  
DNFRick Van Den Helder (Ned) WTC Woerden  
Junior Men
1David Van Der Poel0:45:07 
2Michiel Van Der Heijden0:00:02 
3Mike Teunissen0:00:15 
4Gert-Jan Bosman0:00:24 
5Danny Van Poppel0:01:06 
6Stan Godrie0:01:53 
7Douwe Verberne0:02:21 
8Dylan Van Baarle0:02:29 
9Kay Welten0:02:45 
10Twan Brusselman0:03:02 
11Dennis Stultiens0:03:22 
12Davey Kleinjan0:03:24 
13Elmar Reinders  
14Wilco Van Beusekom0:04:22 
15Jaap De Man0:04:55 
16Eddo Meeken0:04:59 
17Robert De Jong0:05:12 
18Jeroen Meijers0:05:30 
DNFEmiel Dolfsma  
DNFKenny Kastelijn  
DNFLars Van Der Zijden  
DNFMark Van Der Heijden  
DNFDennis Eikelenboom  
DNFJeffrey Vink  
DNFBryan Borowski  
DNFKoen Bouwman  
DNFNiek Boom  
DNFEelke Van Der Horst  
DNFGijs Schefferlie  
DNFTimo De Vrijer  
DNFTristan Timmermans  
DNFAxel Dekker  
DNFDennis Heering  
DNFPaul Schuurmans  
DNFOlaf Oussoren  
DNFArie Teun Roobol  
DNFBart Van Dongen  
DNFNick Van Dijke  
DNFJuul Slenter  
DNFStephan Baelde  
DNFJurgen Soffers  
DNFDylan Groenewegen  
DNFRobin Wennekes  
DNFDouwe Slooten  
DNFJoey Van Rhee  
Novices
1Erik Kramer0:33:27 
2Koen Weijers0:00:20 
3Bryan Van Rooyen0:00:25 
4Piotr Havik0:00:56 
5Stan Wijkel0:00:58 
6Martijn Budding0:01:29 
7Rick Goeree0:02:08 
8Tim Ariesen  
9Nicky Gieskens0:02:48 
10Roy Beukers0:02:50 
11Sjors Dekker0:03:08 
12Kars Welten0:03:26 
13Jelle Wolsink0:03:37 
14Pjotr Van Beek0:03:50 
15Bas Van Der Kooij0:04:16 
16Bjorn Van Der Heijden0:04:27 
17Brian Van Rhee0:04:38 
18Lehvi Braam0:04:49 
19Niels Goeree0:05:04 
20Maarten Van Der Veeken0:05:52 
21Lars Quaedvlieg  
22Jasper De Laat  
23Beau Duvigneau  
24Patrick Mulder  
25Falko Den Hartog  
26Jeroen Vegter  
27Rowan Remmerswaal  
28Jelle Den Boer  
29Koen Van Den Ven  
30Wessel Zennipman  
31Sander Schuurmans  
32Glenn Van Nierop  
33Ciske Van Gestel  
34Bart Van Opdorp  
35Lars Bremmers  
36Patrick Kramer  
37Nick Reeuwijk  
38Gino Schellekens  
39Lucas Van Ginneken  
40Pim Erren  
41Mats Lammertink  
42Mike Nijkamp  
Masters 40+
1Jos Bogaerts0:42:22 
2Frank Groenendaal0:00:04 
3Emiel Borsboom0:00:23 
4Johan Dussel0:00:40 
5Jan Grootkarzyn0:00:59 
6Marco Kok0:01:12 
7Ton Van Korven0:01:22 
8Jan De Vries0:01:54 
9Edwin Van Pinxteren0:02:07 
10Lars Rietveld0:02:08 
11Hennie Van Der Laan  
12Raymond Rol0:02:09 
13Dennis Craanen0:02:13 
14Peter Hoffmans0:02:19 
15Jannes Weerman0:02:37 
16Arne Nuys0:02:48 
17Michel Groenendaal0:03:17 
18Frank Rijkhoff0:03:40 
19Jacco Hooiveld0:03:52 
20Frans Willems0:03:55 
21Willard Gerritsen0:04:18 
22Stephan Van Dam0:04:20 
23Ad Guldemeester0:05:01 
24Marti Maas0:05:20 
25Jan Jansen0:05:32 
26Ger Koenen0:05:33 
27Marcel Boschker0:05:39 
28Hein Te Riele0:05:50 
29Marcel Van Rossum0:06:06 
30John Zennipman0:06:12 
31Peter Makkink0:06:15 
32Henk Jan Valk0:07:29 
33Gerrit Kok0:07:51 
DNFGerard Ypenga  
DNFMark Janssens  
DNFMarlin Burkunk  
DNFTheo Wennekes  
DNFRonald Kros  
DNFFrank Giesbers  
DNFRob Clement  
DNFRichard Visscher  
Masters 50+
1Adriaan Van Londen0:44:24 
2Jonny Lammertink0:00:51 
3Ad Bernaerts0:01:09 
4Jeroen Van Hoeijen0:02:32 
5Wout Delwel0:04:59 
6Barend Motshagen0:05:54 
DNFJack Van 'T Pad  
DNFKarel Verdonschot  
DNFJannico Nugter  
DNFTies Verhagen  
DNFArie Den Braven  
DNFChrit Alleleijn  
DNFFrans De Wit  
DNFFrank Van Oirschot  
DNFLambert Van De Wiel  

 

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