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Lars BOOMS - Nibali Tears up the Cobbles
10 Jul, 2014

One rider relishing the opportuning to race on the pave in July was Dutchman Lars Boom, the former world cyclocross champion had the look of shear determination across his face as he stomped clear of the days big favourites Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan on his way up to the head of the field to link up with the Astana Mafia whos day had gone from good to great as the sectors of pave ticked away.  With team mates Nibali, Westra and Fugslang swapping off turns in the mud Boom must have felt out numbered but the powerful Belkin pro bided his time until after the last stretch of cobble stones and with Westra now burned out from doing selfless turns for his leader in the name of pale blue and the adopted homeland Boom let launch and soloed in Arenberg with a cadence that bellied the day in hell the riders had been through.

Team sponsor Belkin who is gapping the sport after just 12 months as the sponsor citing cyclings non global appeal may need to reconsider ther statement made late last month.  With their jersey on the shoulders of Boom now emblazoned across every major newspaper from east to west in Europe and in excess of five million spectators lining the roads in Britain this week cycling and Belkin were the big winners today!

With Vincenzo Nibali and his general classification peers expected at best to limit their losses today nobody had delivered the Sicilian a copy of the script and the wirey climber on the Kazakh team and his team mates re wrote the day.  With the big favourite of the day Fabian Cancellara making the statement that the cobbles have no place in le Tour, try telling that to Nibali!  With a relaxed technique and bike handling skills that is poetry in motion and a quiet but determined demeanor the two time grand tour winner has now become a favourite with the French.  

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