Sam Oomen takes 20th on the Paris-Nice closer, finishing the race 13th in the GC.
The final stage of Paris-Nice got underway today, with a short 110 kilometre stage to close the race.
Six riders managed to break clear of the bunch on the first climb of the day, but they were given no room by the peloton and the move was brought to heel. Immediately afterwards, a group of 24 riders found themselves 50 seconds ahead of the main field with both Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke there for Team Sunweb. Not content with the make-up of the group, seven riders jumped ahead with three riders managing to stay clear. Sam Oomen remained in the yellow jersey group, but accelerations coupled with the challenging climbs of the day saw more riders go forward with chase groups forming behind. Sam went on to finish the day in 20th place, placing him 13th in the general classification on the final stage.
“I had a bad start to today’s stage,” explained Sam after the finish. “It started with me and Louis chasing down a group of 20 where I eventually bridged across. On the last climb of the day I was simply empty and couldn’t do much anymore. It’s a shame i didn’t manage to make a top 10, but considering the not ideal period and preparation I had for this race I can at least be relatively satisfied with the last couple of days.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou rounded up Team Sunweb’s week at Paris-Nice: “This was a week with ups and downs. We only had one sprint with Phil before he abandoned and since sprinting with him and practicing lead-outs for him was one of two main targets, the week became more difficult. With Phil out and also Edward not in a good condition, Mike then took his chances which gave us some good stage results. On the final GC stages we did what we could to support Sam who gave it a very good shot; in the end it brought the team a respectable 13th in the GC.”