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by Shane Stokes
February 20, 2018
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Lars Boom, pictured after he won the 2017 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain. Photo by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com
Operated on in mid-January to correct a heart rhythm problem, LottoNL-Jumbo rider Lars Boom has said that he has cancelled his planned participation in Het Nieuwsblad due to a slower-than-expected recovery, and will instead return in Paris-Nice.
“The surgery has had a bigger impact on me than I expected,” he said in the video interview below. “Some two weeks after the surgery I was able to cycle again. But it was hardly worth mentioning. I had been under anaesthetic for five hours with affects the body.”
Boom added that he also got the flu, which further delayed his return. As a result he was out for two weeks rather than one, saying that this was ‘very bad’ for his fitness. Because of this, he decided instead to extend his altitude training in Tenerife, where he is working alongside teammate Primoz Roglic.
Boom said he is happy to ride for others in that race, but wants to be in strong shape for the races between mid-March and mid-April. “I still need to improve a lot in the coming weeks, and I will.”
See the full video interview below.