Team Sunweb’s Sam Oomen made the day’s final selection at Tre Valli Varesine, chasing a late escape down to finish the day in 6th place.
Team Sunweb lined up in at Tre Valli Varesine today for the first trio of Italian races. The day offered 192.9 kilometres, 77 of which came in the formation of a large loop before nine laps of a rolling 12 kilometre circuit.
The day’s early breakaway was made up of six riders, who quickly extended their lead out to nine minutes before Team Sunweb took ahold of the reigns at the front of the peloton, bringing their advantage back within reach. Team Sunweb’s efforts helped bring their lead down to just 1 minute and 40 seconds with 60 kilometres to go. As the gap narrowed, counter attacks were launched from the peloton in attempt to join the leading group and Team Sunweb fought hard to chase the moves down. The race eventually came back together at the 10 kilometre to go marker and Team Sunweb remained in prime position at the head of the pack, with both Sam Oomen and Michael Matthews. The final five kilometres saw the final selection made as attack after attack forced accelerations in the bunch. When two riders went clear, Sam helped with the chase and went on to finish the day in 6th place.
After the race, Sam said: “Today was a really heavy race with a lot of attacks. The whole team were in the mix throughout the day covering attacks and deep into the finish. At the end I managed to get away with a select group of riders but we just missed the two guys out at the front. I can definitely look back on today as a good race and with the good legs I am looking forward to my next race on Saturday.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek added: “It was a hard race, as always. We had Laurens at the front to control the break and bring the lead down. We closed a lot of attacks but the moment we tried something, there was an immediate reaction from the peloton. The race came down to the last climb and Sam took a strong 6th place. We can be pleased with the performance of the whole team after their control of the race today.”