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by Shane Stokes
December 23, 2017
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Lars Boom is facing a different buildup to the Classics season, with the LottoNL-Jumbo rider and his team confirming on Friday that he will undergo minor heart surgery in mid-January. The squad said that the procedure would be an ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmia and, as a result of that, he will miss the Tour Down Under.
Instead, he will do altitude training in order to prepare for the one day races in February.
“It’s a pity that the spring is going be a little different for me,” he said. “We have to wait and see how quickly I will recover from the operation. They will enter my body through the groin and then take away the troublesome spot. I’m in good hands.”
Following the Classics, he will set his sights on the Tour de France. He took a stage three years ago and will aim for that again.