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by Mark Zalewski
January 21, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims sprint hat-trick at the Tour Down Under, Porte poised for Willunga defence; Cookson defends Sutton over bullying claims, says he has a great respect for him; Tour Down Under boss pushing for World Championships in 2020; Court to rule in case involving Thomas Dekker tell-all book; Anna van der Breggen ready for new team, new challenges; Christine Majerus ready for to welcome the cyclocross world to Luxembourg; Lars Boom to skip final World Cup; Wanda Group posts nine percent gain in sports division; Steven Hyde is CX Captain America; Video: Tour Down Under, stage 4 highlights; Backstage Pass – TDU, stage 4; Velon ready to bring more action in 2017; Sven Vanthourenhout is on thin ice.
Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) is skipping the final round of the UCI World Cup in Hoogerheide this weekend, choosing to remain in the (relatively) warmer climate of Spain to recover and finish preparations — both in hopes for selection to the Dutch team for the upcoming cyclocross World Championship and, more importantly, for his 2017 road season.
Lars Boom on his way to second place at the Internationale Centrumcross van Surhuisterveen.
“I will stay in Spain this weekend to rest off a good week of training with a view to the beginning of the road season,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.
“So I will not come to the start in Hoogerheide. But I’m certainly available for selection for the World Championships next week. I think that I have good legs in order to get a good result.”
The former cyclocross World Champion is doing a limited ‘cross season before turning his focus back to the road side of the sport.
He has posted decent results so far including 11th at the Heusden-Zolder World Cup, second at Surhuisterveen and eighth at the Dutch Championship, which will help his chances for selection to the Dutch team at the World Championship in Luxembourg.
Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.