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

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

The Rabobank-Giant rider won the Dutch, European and World Championship last year, his first in the Under-23 ranks, and this year he also repeated as the U23 World Cup champion. Next up for Lars is the January 28 World Championship race in Koksijde, Belgium, where he will race his Giant TCX Advanced SL to defend his world title.

Week in and week out, Lars is targeted as the rider to beat. More often than not, he still comes out on top. Here’s a look at how he does it.