Lars Boom this year will not be at the start of the spring classics. That made the 32-year-old Dutchman on Tuesday on the website of his team LottoNL-Jumbo known. The former world champion in cyclo-cross condition is still not in order after the operation that he, in January, underwent. Tree went under the knife for heart rhythm disorders remedy.
Last month gave Tree even though the bundle for the Belgian opening weekend. Afterwards, he started well in Paris-Nice, but a game that he had because of a heavy cold early exit. Of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, he had goals to be made.
“That I the classics have to let go of doing quite a pain, but I also have no sense to me, as last year, double the need pleats to stay,” says Tree. “If I have the matches continue, I want to drive to win, or certainly for a place in the top ten. This is a wise decision. I have to be myself more time to get to the old level to come back. My heart rhythm is okay, but I still get the not the power that I want. I can’t peaks. Extreme efforts my heart is still not the heartbeats that it is supposed to get.”
“Over my career, I am not sure. I am convinced that I will be back to me old self come back, and then there is nothing to worry about. There are still beautiful races in the offing. The Tour de France remains a real purpose. I can be of great value in the train for Dylan Groenewegen and on the cobblestones in the ninth stage, I am just my favorite.”
Tree pulled out two times in the top ten in Roubaix: fourth in 2015 and sixth in 2012. In the Tour of Flanders he was in 2015 in the sixth and he finished in 2013 and 2016 with an eleventh place just outside the top ten.