Boom: 'Hold on to white jersey until the end'
In his home town Vlijmen, Lars Boom gave his fans something to cheer for. Last year's winner took hold of the white jersey at the finish line.
Boom placed third behind André Greipel and Giacomo Nizzolo. He earned some important bonus seconds and took the zhite jersey from Arnaud Démare, who was absent. Boom is one second qheqd of Greipel in the classification.

"There's qlmost nothing nicer than becoming leader in a WorldTour race in your home town. Winning today's stage would have topped that, but this is very nice too," Boom said, elated< "It was fairly calm until the local part of the race, so I could greet a few fans. In the finale, I tried to stay at the front so I wouldn't leave anything to chance, especially with these narrow roads."

"The tea; did a good job by keeping me at the front and placing me close to Greipel. During the sprint there was a fall, which I didn't see, but I could hear it behind me.During the preparation for the sprint I drafted behindJürgen Roelandts dwho would prepare the sprint for André Greipel. A good choice."

"I'll start last in Friday's time trial. Thirteen kilometers is an excellent distance for me. I will do everything to keep that jersey until the end of this year's Eneco Tour."