Boom given one-month suspension for Tour of Norway punch

Lars Boom and his LottoNL-Jumbo teammates wear clothing and eyewear from Shimano's S-Phyre range

Lars Boom has been handed a one-month ban by the UCI following an altercation at the Tour of Norway in May, his LottoNL-Jumbo team have confirmed. The ban was issued with immediate effect and rules him out of racing until August 2. Boom was expelled from the Tour of Norway on stage 2 after he was caught punching Sport Vlaanderen’s Preben Van Hecke . Boom was initially defiant, saying: "He was on my wheel and I almost crashed, so I got a little hot-headed. I don't want to crash, especially when an idiot does something like that.” However, he later apologised to fans and the organisers for his action, while LottoNL-Jumbo said that they would deal with the issue internally. Boom remained in Norway and went on to ride the Tour des Fjords and the Hammer Stavanger races and he recently competed at the Criterium du Dauphine and the Dutch ...

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