Team Sunweb’s Sam Oomen earned himself a top 20 placing at today’s individual time trial at Paris-Nice stage four.
Taking place in between La Fouillouse and Saint-Étienne, the route was made up of 18.5 kilometres with a gradual climb in the first half, and another short climb in the second half. The 22-year-old finished 1 minute off the winning time, stopping the clock at 26 minutes and 33 seconds and placing him 19th on the stage.
After the stage Sam said: “So far I haven’t been feeling at my best during this Paris Nice. Today during the TT I felt a little bit better; it was a tough but really nice TT. Unfortunately I had some wet roads from the rain which didn’t make it easier, but I managed to get around safely. Hopefully as things progress I will start to feel better.”
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “Sam did a respectable race but unfortunately the conditions weren’t in his favour and an earlier rain shower made the roads wet for the technical descent. Despite this, he rode well and can be pleased with the result considering he isn’t feeling his best. Chris also put in a solid ride finishing one minute eight down on the stage winner – he had the rain to contend with during his TT.”