Sam Oomen heads home ahead of Itzulia stage 5

Itzulia Basque Country

Sam Oomen will not start stage five of Itzulia Basque Country today as a precautionary measure, in order to prepare well for the upcoming period of the season.

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts said: “Sam isn’t 100 percent fit today. Yesterday he was feeling a bit sick and we’d hoped that he would improve overnight, but unfortunately that’s not the case. With his upcoming goals in mind, one of which could indeed be the Giro, we’ve decided it best that he takes a period of rest to recharge the batteries and prepare for the next weeks.”

Sam added: “I felt a bit sick yesterday towards the finish of the stage and didn’t improve overnight. Taking the next period into account, we decided it’s best for me to not start today so I can rest and prepare for what’s coming up next. That could be the Giro, but we haven’t yet made the final decision.”

Team Sunweb expect to make the final call on their Giro d’Italia replacers in the upcoming days.