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Boom wins time trial to lead Tour of Britain

(Reuters) - Dutchman Lars Boom took the lead of the Tour of Britain after winning a short individual time trial on Thursday.

Boom, overall winner in 2011, was six seconds quicker than Lotto NL-Jumbo team mate Victor Campenaerts over the 16km layout on the Essex coast, averaging 51kph.

File Photo: Astana rider Lars Boom of the Netherlands cycles during the 13.8 km (8.57 miles) individual time-trial first stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race in Utrecht, Netherlands, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Boom now leads overall by eight seconds from Campenaerts with Team Sky’s Vasil Kiryienka third.

Twelve riders lie within 30-seconds of the race lead, including Team Sky’s Welsh duo Geraint Thomas and Owain Doull.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cycling-britain/cycling-boom-wins-time-trial-to-lead-tour-of-britain-idUSKCN1BI2TI

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