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by Shane Stokes
August 12, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boom scoops stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour, nabs race lead; Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway; Gaudu takes first pro victory on stage 3 of Tour de l’Ain, Pinot grabs race lead; Bennett victorious on stage 2 of Czech Cycling Tour; Poidevin wins second stage and overall at Colorado Classic; Murphy takes stage 1 of Colorado Classic; Despite ‘getting very old,’ Hayman remains as Orica-Scott captain for 2018; Axeon Hagens Berman team aims for Professional Continental status in 2018; Trek-Segafredo manager says team ‘not in a hurry’ to find replacement for Contador; World Champion Dideriksen to team up with Deignan in Revolution’s elite women’s championship; Video: Sagan – ‘I am young and beautiful’; Video: GoPro highlights from stage 1 of the Colorado Classic
Crossing the line with an ‘up yours’ gesture that would see him fined 1000 Swiss francs, Lars Boom took the fifth stage of the BinckBank Tour and, with it, the overall lead in the race. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider attacked a select group of 17 riders inside the final two kilometres and reached the line in Sittard-Geleen three seconds clear.
World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) beat Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) for second place and moved up two places to second overall. Thursday’s stage winner and overnight leader Stefan Kung (BMC Racing Team) finished 46 seconds back, enabling Boom to move to first in the GC. “Two kilometres before the end I saw a possibility to attack,” Boom said. “It was a good moment and I could hold it until the finish.”
It was not immediately clear why he had made the gesture, but he said afterwards that he had been feeling a lot of frustration before. “It indeed brings a lot of joy”, he said of his first win of 2017. “The spring Classics didn’t go as well as expected. I worked hard to reach this level during a team’s altitude camp in Kühtai and it’s great that I could achieve this. I always want to win. Therefore, it’s beautiful I can end a difficult period with many doubts in this way.”
Early on seven riders tried to foil the big guns, with Mathias Brändle (Trek-Segafredo), Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo), Michael Hepburn (Orica-Scott), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin), Jon Ander Insausti (Bahrain-Merida) Jesper Asselman (Roompot) and Huub Duijn (Verandas Willems-Crelan) combining. However things came back together inside the final hour and the peloton exploded, with the strongest getting clear.
Sagan was frustrated that his attacks were marked but, despite losing his race lead, remains confident. “I took the sprint for second place and the six bonus seconds,” he said. “I’m satisfied with today’s result and I’m second overall, just two seconds behind the leader, with two more stages to go.”