Sam Oomen   
Sam Oomen
COUNTRY
The Netherlands
Residence
Tilburg, the Netherlands
Riders Type
Climber
Favourite Giant Bike
Trinity
Pro Since
2016
2016 Race Km's
8235
2016 Race Days
50
ABOUT Sam Oomen

Becoming a professional cyclist is a dream of many young people, but for only a few this dream really comes true. Sam Oomen is one of the lucky few. The 21 year old Dutchman is multi-talented person and has a wide range of interests. He plays guitar and piano, likes to discuss serious topics and loves reading books. This year Sam Oomen was introduced to bigger audiences as a professional cyclist and because of his striking performances, Oomen was awarded best Dutch talent of the year 2016.

Sams talent was obvious early on in his career. He won many races as a junior and became Dutch Junior Time Trial Champion in 2013.  During his two years at the Rabobank Development Team, he impressed many by winning small tours and one day races, like the U23 Paris-Tours. In 2016 Sam joined Team Sunweb and continued to show strong results.

Oomen amazed many with his performance at Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2016. “It was a hard race. I was the last one to bring Warren Barquil into position. I thought I would be tired after that effort, but I was feeling strong in the last ten kilometres and I knew I was good. I finished 25th, just 40 seconds behind the winner Wout Poels. When my phone kept ringing after the race, I realised how special this result was.”

Sam is a fearless and focused rider. “When I ride a race it’s like I’m in another world, I can only think about achieving my goal. It’s a world where I’m willing to give everything, where I’m not afraid to say directly what’s on my mind – even now that I’m in a peloton with older and more experienced riders around me.” 

Oomen oozes talent and ambition. He hopes the next chapter of his book will be competing until the end in a classic. “I keep trying to get the best out of myself, by pushing my boundaries and riding well in the final kilometres of a race. Hopefully this will give me the chance to get a good result.” Sam wants to continue to develop as a climber and GC-rider to fulfil his dreams: ride a good Tour de France and become World Champion.

"Racing is like being in another world."


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