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Kris Boeckmans (born 13 February 1987) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI Professional Continental team Vital Concept–B&B Hotels.[3]

Kris Boeckmans
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Boeckmans at the 2015 Grand Prix de Denain
Personal information
Full nameKris Boeckmans
NicknameBoecki
Born (1987-02-13) 13 February 1987 (age 32)
Malle, Belgium
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight72.5 kg (160 lb)
Team information
Current teamVital Concept–B&B Hotels
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
2006Nieuwe Hoop Tielen
2007CLC Team Ingelmunster
2008–2009Davo
2009Silence–Lotto (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2010–2011Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator
2012–2013Vacansoleil–DCM
2014–2017Lotto–Belisol[1]
2018–Vital Concept[2]

Contents

CareerEdit

Born in Malle, Boeckmans has competed as a professional since the second half of the 2009 season, competing for the Silence–Lotto team as a stagiaire. He joined Topsport Vlaanderen–Mercator for the start of the 2010 season, remaining with the team until the end of 2011, when he joined the Vacansoleil–DCM squad for the 2012 season.[4] Boeckmans made his Grand Tour début at the 2012 Tour de France, where he was earmarked as one of the squad's main sprint contenders, along with Kenny van Hummel; Boeckmans took his first top ten placing on stage 4, when he finished eighth on the stage.[5]

After two years with Vacansoleil–DCM, Boeckemans left the team at the end of the 2013 season,[6] to join Lotto–Belisol.[1] He started the 2015 Vuelta a España.[7] However, on the eighth stage, he was involved in a large crash: he was drinking from a bidon and hit a hole in the road, falling hard to the ground. According to Cyclingnews.com, he suffered "facial trauma and fractures, a concussion, broken ribs and a punctured lung" and was placed into an induced coma.[8][9] He was kept in the coma for over a week and was eventually discharged around four weeks after the crash, following major facial surgery in Belgium.[10]

Major resultsEdit

2007
2nd Zellik–Galmaarden
2008
1st GP Stad Vilvoorde
1st Stage 1b Vuelta a Navarra
5th Overall Tour de Berlin
1st Stage 1
7th ZLM Tour
2009
1st   Road race, UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
1st   Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Stage 2b
1st Schaal Sels
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Navarra
2nd Overall Ronde van Antwerpen
1st Stages 1a (ITT) & 3
2nd Brussel–Zepperen
2nd Paris–Tours Espoirs
4th GP Raymond Impanis
5th Kattekoers
2010
1st Stage 5 Ster Elektrotoer
2nd Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
1st Stage 3
2nd Nokere Koerse
7th Scheldeprijs
8th Omloop van het Waasland
8th Nationale Sluitingsprijs
9th Wanzele-Lede
10th Dwars door Drenthe
10th Grand Prix de Denain
2011
3rd Münsterland Giro
4th Puivelde Koerse
6th Sparkassen Giro Bochum
9th Omloop Gemeente Melle
2012
2nd Le Samyn
2nd Nokere Koerse
2013
2nd Le Samyn
5th Schaal Sels
6th Halle–Ingooigem
2014
2nd Halle–Ingooigem
2015
1st   Overall Tour de Picardie
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st   Overall World Ports Classic
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2
1st Le Samyn
1st Nokere Koerse
2nd Halle–Ingooigem
3rd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 1
2016
5th Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
2018
5th Halle–Ingooigem
2019
6th Scheldeprijs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Boeckmans reinforces the team". Lotto–Belisol. Belgian Cycling Project. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Vital Concept Club unveil 2018 team kit". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ Malvestio, Carlo (22 January 2019). "Presentazione Squadre 2019, Vital Concept – B&B Hotels" [Presentation of Teams 2019, Vital Concept - B & B Hotels]. SpazioCiclismo – Cyclingpro.net (in Italian). Gravatar. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ Haake, Bjorn (18 August 2011). "Vacansoleil hires Kris Boeckmans". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ Benson, Daniel (4 July 2012). "Greipel wins Tour de France stage in Rouen". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (VCD) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Vuelta a España 2015". Cycling Fever. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Boeckmans seriously injured in Vuelta a Espana crash". Cyclingnews.com. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Vuelta a Espana: Kris Boeckmans in induced coma after crash". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  10. ^ "News shorts: Boeckmans out of hospital, Moscon to Team Sky". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kris Boeckmans at Wikimedia Commons