Team Sunweb’s Sam Oomen finishes 10th on the queen stage of Paris-Nice today, and moves up to 11th in the overall standings.
The queen stage of Paris-Nice got underway today with a 175 kilometre route littered with climbs between Nice and Valdeblore La Colmiane. Eight riders distanced the peloton at the top of the first climb which came 10 kilometres into the race, with the group eventually stretching their lead out to three minutes. As the peloton reached the final climb of the day, the three remaining riders in the lead clung on to a 30 second advantage.
Whilst the peloton reduced in numbers, Team Sunweb remained in contention with both Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke in the main field. The bunch continued to reduce and further attacks saw the breakaway swept up, and another two riders go forward. The surge of pace saw Sam distanced from the group amongst various other riders. He finished the day in 10th place and now sits 11th overall with one stage remaining.
After securing some strong results throughout the race, Mike Teunissen was forced to abandon Paris-Nice today due to sickness.
“Again, today was a really hard day with the weather making the race even more difficult,” explained Sam after the finish. The plan was to try to follow moves and see what managed to get out, which is exactly what I did. I’m happy with the end result, especially considering how hard the day was. We are here with just three riders now but we have Roy, who’s a really strong team captain and Louis who’s getting better with each day so we can still be happy.”