Lars Boom takes his first cross win of the season. © Bart Hazen

Lars Boom takes his first cross win of the season. © Bart Hazen

by Bart Hazen

Dutch National Champion Lars Boom won the international cyclocross at the Grand Prix Julien Cajot in Leudelange, Luxembourg. The Rabobank rider made his season debut and dominated the race from the start to win with a lead of over one minute on his rivals. Ben Berden finished in second while Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) completed the podium. Tom van den Bosch and local hero Jempy Drucker finished just off the podium in fourth and fifth.

Boom attacked from the start and immediately created a gap on Jonathan Page, Tom van den Bosch, Ben Berden and Jempy Drucker. The battle for the third place was exciting between Drucker, Page and Van den Bosch. Drucker was the first to drop with Page followed by Van den Bosch in the penultimate lap.Boom was happy with how his ’cross debut went saying, “It went very well. I could keep a good pace and have amused myself today. The feeling was good”, said a delighted national champion.I have chosen this ’cross above the local race in Moergestel because this is a better course. My intention for this race was to give it all and I succeeded in that. I want to have a good rhythm during weekdays and want to bring in the intensity in the weekends with riding ’cross races.”

On next weekends races in Essen and Overijsse Boom said, “I will give all I have from the start next week. I don’t know if I can battle against Nys and Albert next week, but we will see.”

Jonathan Page was delighted with his third place. “I sucked the first half, for many reasons, some of which were my own fault. Once I finally got going, I felt like my old pre-injury/infection self! I actually rode fast and hard! It was great!”.

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Full Results:

1Lars BOOMNED2658:304040
2Ben BERDENBEL3659:283030
3Jonathan PAGEUSA3559:332020
4Tom VAN DEN BOSCHBEL261:00:311515
5Jean-Pierre DRUCKERLUX251:00:561010
6Stijn HUYSBEL251:01:5988
7Tim VAN NUFFELBEL301:02:0066
8Wilant VAN GILSNED321:02:1144
9Gianni DENOLFBEL241:02:2422
10Pit SCHLECHTERLUX211:02:4111
11Magnus DARVELLSWE291:02:54
12Gusty BAUSCHLUX311:03:03
13Filip EBERLCZE291:03:38
14Vaclav METLICKASVK381:03:38
15Ritchie DENOLFBEL201:03:53
16Jérôme JUNKERLUX361:04:04
17Tom FLAMMANGLUX331:04:15
18Pascal TRIEBELLUX451:04:23
20Claude WOLTERLUX28
22Olivier LATERZALUX30
24Pierre OLLIETFRA31
25Philipp BÜTZOWLUX24
26Cyrille HEYMANSLUX25
27Christian JOACHIMLUX41
29Robert SIMONLUX35
32Gilles KNEIPLUX26