Young gun Sam Oomen rode strongly to take a respectable 19th position at the seventh stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Finishing atop the revered Alpe d’Huez, Sam put in a strong performance to finish alongside some big name climbers.
The day featured six categorised climbs, including the Col de Sarenne and the last section of Alpe d’Huez in the closing kilometres. Lennard Hofstede made his way into the day’s breakaway, which escaped early on in the stage. The group was made up of 17 riders, who worked well to establish an advantage of over six minutes at most. The group began to fracture on the later climbs, and the majority of the original escapees were reeled in by the reduced peloton.
Sam continued his climbing form, as he positioned himself towards the front of the bunch up the Hors Category climb Col de Sarenne. A determined performance saw him finish around some of the GC favourites, allowing him to move up to 14th in the overall standings.
Unfortunately, Chad Haga did not finish today’s stage, after feeling the result of his recent efforts at the Giro d’Italia and a tough week here in France.
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “Sam did a very strong performance again today finishing 19th on the stage. The result itself and the fact that he had riders like Valverde, Aru, Froome and Dan Martin within 25 seconds tells us that we can be very satisfied with the result which we are.”