Tour of Britain: Lars Boom Wins 2017 OVO Energy Tour. Lars Boom won the Round of Great Britain on Sunday. The rider of LottoNL-Jumbo had begun as the leader in the eighth and final stage and took some bonus seconds on the way. The ritzege was for Noor Edvald Boasson Hagen, who left the sprinting peloton just after a short solo.
Boasson Hagen, who is considered one of the contenders for the World Cup race in his home country, finished second in the eight-second ranking of Boom. The third place was for Swiss Stefan Küng. Jos van Emden was sixth in second place in the final ranking.
Boom was pleased with his victory, for which he laid the foundation in the individual time trial on Thursday. “If I look at the participant’s field this is just a big victory,” he said to the NOS. “My spring was not what I expected. It has been a difficult time, but I think I managed to get well.
“That already began with his ritzege in the BinckBank Tour, which he expressed with an obscene victory over his disappointment about his non-selection for the Vuelta. Boom later offered his apologies and delivered his team a great victory on Sunday. “I have not done it alone; the whole team has worked hard for this.”
Boom is in shape for the World Cup in two weeks in Norwegian Bergen. “It’s 90% of the year there’s bad weather, just like today. I like that, turn a bit and turn into the rain. I hope to drive a nice result. We also have a strong team. “
The final drive led from Worcester to Cardiff over 180 kilometers. In the flowing rain, Boom, Boasson Hagen, and Küng struggled for the bonus seconds and tried to reach Noor with an ultimate attack yet to finish the final victory. That did not work out, but the ritzege was a nice comfort for Dimension Data’s rider. Behind him, Argentine Maximiliano Richeze sprinted to second place for Alexander Kristoff, the other Norwegian asset to the World Title Match.