Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 10, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Joaquim Rodriguez makes final decision to retire, committing to a Bahrain-Merida staff role; No positive doping tests at 2016 Tour de France; Mclaren report, part two, shows Russian doping of 1,000 Athletes across 30 Sports; Wiggins will not be cited over mystery medical package; Yorkshire interested in hosting Vuelta start; Sydney’s Olympic velodrome future uncertain; Johan Museeuw Classic changes to one-day format; Lars Boom makes quiet start to cyclocross season; Volta ao Algarve announces 2017 route; Axeon Hagens Berman 2017 roster; Cycling Academy finalises roster; Laura Kenny named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year; Video reminds cyclists to always wear a helmet; Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Can a bicycle power your house?

Lars Boom makes quiet start to cyclocross season

by CyclingTips

Lars Boom, who was cyclocross World Champion in 2008, has since focused mainly on the road side of the sport, but has kept one eye on the other discipline, racing now-and-then. This season he will race the major races during the Christmas week, as well as the World Championships at the end of January. After taking a break after road season, he is planning on a subtle start, with his first races in the Basque region of Spain — far away from where the major names are racing in Northern Europe.

He raced today in Asteasu, with mixed results for his first race. “That was suffering hour,” he said. “After a good start I could not follow the high tempo.” The Dutchman ended up ninth on the day.

Boom said he saw a noticeable difference in his road fitness after he raced some cyclocross events last season, including the World Championships. While he realises that the top two talents in the sport are on a different level, he is not simply racing for training, and wants to contend.

“I will not start [races] for the fun,” he said. “I’m not going to say that I will win against Mathieu [van der Poel] and Wout [Aert], but I’m not going to ride as an extra. I hope to fight against those two to become stronger. I will not be satisfied with just a place in the top ten,. I want to play a major role, including in the World Cup.”

“I hope to get better this season for [the World Championships]. Last year I was suffering with a back injury – I don’t have that problem now. I also have to prepare better and do more specific work. I would like to play a role at the Worlds – although the coach has to pick me first. The course this year suits me better than Zolder.”

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