Race report

Sam Oomen rebounds from crash to top 10 overall

Giro d'Italia

It was another difficult day for Team Sunweb at the Giro d’Italia, just one day after Tom Dumoulin suffered ill fate and headed home after his crash on stage four. Another crash which came 40 kilometres into the stage took down Robert Power, Sam Oomen, Jai Hindey and Jan Bakelants. All were initially able to continue, but it soon became apparent that the injuries Power had sustained were too much for him to continue the race, and he abandoned shortly after.

The crash came as a flurry of attacks were launched in the peloton, in the frantic attempt to make the breakaway on a day which suited the opportunists terrain. After being involved in the earlier crash, Team Sunweb’s Sam Oomen was able to get himself into the day’s breakaway. The 13-man strong group built up a healthy advantage over the peloton and as the breakaway crested the top of the Giro d’Italia’s first second categorised climb, their advantage still held around the five minute marker, confirming suspicion that the day was to belong to them.

With the stage win and chance of wearing the Maglia Rosa in mind, the riders in the breakaway begun attacking one another, with Sam himself putting in a few digs in attempt to shrink the group. It was a group of two that ultimately found themselves leading the race, with another three following and Sam in the group behind. Sam rode to a solid 11th on the stage, riding himself back into the top 10 overall and bringing some light back to Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia.

After the finish, Sam said: “I wanted to go for the stage victory but a lot went wrong in the finale. The guys in the break were watching me but also marking each other out too. The climb itself wasn’t difficult enough for me to make the difference on and although I could set a strong pace, I was missing the little bit of explosiveness that I needed. I also had some pain in my hand and knee after the crash earlier in the stage and I was a little uncomfortable on the bike, but I didn’t think about it in the finale. It’s a shame the stage ended like that but it gives me and the team confidence to try again later in the race – credit to the guys who got and stayed away.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Our goal today was to look out for bigger groups at the start, and if it was a controlled race then to go for it in the final with our guys. After around 40 kilometres, the break still hadn’t gone and there was a crash with both Rob and Sam involved. Rob crashed pretty bad and ended up abandoning soon afterwards, but Sam was able to catch back up with the bunch. The jumping started directly and Sam ended up in strong group of 13 riders. They got a gap of around six minutes and the GC teams controlled in the peloton. On the climb in the final two guys attacked, three riders followed and Sam was with five others chasing them. He came in 11th, one minute from the winner and is now 10th in GC at around five minutes. A nice rebound from a difficult opening to the day.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 MASNADA Fausto Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 5:45:01 100
2 CONTI Valerio UAE-Team Emirates 0:05 40
3 ROJAS José Joaquín Movistar Team 0:38 20
11 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb 1:03 -
19 BAKELANTS Jan Team Sunweb 7:19 -
46 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, -
75 VERVAEKE Louis Team Sunweb ,, -
78 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb ,, -
133 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb 23:08 -
DNF POWER Robert Team Sunweb - -