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Team Sunweb’s Sam Oomen to prepare for Giro d’Italia participation

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Team Sunweb have today announced that 23-year-old Sam Oomen will replace Wilco Kelderman at the Giro d’Italia, who was last week confirmed as unable to start the first Grand Tour of the season following the injuries sustained from his stage five Volta Ciclista a Catalunya crash.

Previously with the Ardennes Classics on his program for early 2019, Oomen will now head to altitude camp to prepare for the Giro d’Italia. He joins Jan Bakelants, Tom Dumoulin, Jai Hindley and Robert Power in Tenerife from the 17th of April to the 3rd of May.

Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia coach Marc Reef said: “The Giro is our primary season goal and with the inclusion of Sam we aim to send the best possible team to Italy. Sam will head to high altitude camp to maximise the final weeks before we head to Bologna. He will have the opportunity to grow into the race, where we are confident he will be up there in support towards the end of week two and three. Last year he was super strong also finishing 9th himself in the GC; the focus this year will be to bring support in the key stages.”

Sam added: “Originally I would have done the Tour this year but things changed lately. It’s unfortunate that Wilco can’t do the Giro and it’s hard to replace him, but I will try my best and I’m happy to be there for the team with Tom as our designated leader; he deserves the best support. It’s likely that it will be a different kind of Giro for me compared to last year, with a different kind of approach. But the Giro is a beautiful race and we will make the best out of it together.”