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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss
After two years with the Astana team, Lars Boom will return to Team LottoNL-Jumbo for the next two years. The 30-year-old Dutchman previously rode with the team since the start of his career, beginning on the development squad and progressing through the pro team when it was called Rabobank, Blanco and Belkin.
“Lars Boom returns very motivated to his old nest,” Technical Director Nico Verhoeven said. “He proved in the past that he’s able to deliver strong performances in the Spring Classics and together, we want to take the final step to win a big Classic race.”
“He’s a multifunctional rider. He can play a role in the sprint train and in Grand Tours. Besides that, we want to bring his time trial back to a level that allows him to fight for victories again.”
“I feel great about returning to Team LottoNL-Jumbo,” said Boom. “The team took some big steps in its development over the last two years while I was away.”
“After two years with Astana, I expect to feel comfortable in the Classics. The support and confidence the team gives me plays a big role in that feeling. There’s something missing on my palmarès, and that’s a victory in the big Classics. Besides that, I want to get back to working on my time trial together with the team. It’s great to see how much the team invests in the development of the time trial bikes and specific training.”