Tilburg, the Netherlands
Making music, cooking/food
Favourite food
Italian Bresaola
Favourite TV show
Reizen Waes
Favourite holiday destination
West America/Canada
Favourite race


Last season saw Sam Oomen breakthrough as a world-class rider. Finishing ninth in the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de Pologne and seventh in the Tour de Suisse, the 23-year-old has established himself as a true GC threat on the world stage, as well as supreme domestique in the mountains for his team leader Tom Dumoulin.

A GC specialist, with talents for hilly classics such as Il Lombardia and Liège Bastogne Liège, Sam believes:

“As long as it’s going uphill and it’s hard, then it suits me.”

The thoughtful 23-year-old has been riding since he was a little boy. Aged seven, and “so bad at football!”, he was persuaded by a friend at school to try bike riding. With his cycling club just 200 metres away, he had no excuses. He won his first race, and that was it.

“I love the speed and descending in bike racing, you get such a kick. And the tactical battle that comes with it, I love watching on TV too. The suffering and the pain always has an ending, it doesn’t last.”

Next season, Sam hopes to take the top 10s, and a 14th at the world championships – “not bad for the biggest races of the year” – and turn them into podiums and victories.


Sam Oomen | Team Sunweb
Sam Oomen | Team Sunweb
Sam Oomen | Team Sunweb
Sam Oomen | Team Sunweb
Sam Oomen | Team Sunweb

“I want to step up this year, grab my opportunities, and go for wins. If I can make that step, that would be really cool. It’s about performing in the best way, challenging yourself to make the right decisions, to perform better.”

Known for digging deep on the bike, he is now entering his fourth season with Team Sunweb, a team who set out a three-year plan for him when he signed in 2015.

“The plans the team make, they really stick to it. They are really focused on the right development for young guys. There are a great group of riders in this team and I really feel at home.”

Off the bike, Sam loves making music. He played guitar at school, even singing Under the Bridge, by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at a talent show.


1 Tirreno-Adriatico Youth Classification
3 Tirreno-Adriatico Team Time Trial
4 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 2
5 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta
8 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 5
9 Tirreno-Adriatico
11 Giro d'Italia Stage 6
14 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Mountains Classification
14 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5
14 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 1
1 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Youth Classification
2 Tour de Suisse Youth Classification
2 World Championships TTT
2 Tour de Suisse Team Time Trial
3 Giro d'Italia Youth Classification
4 Paris - Nice Youth Classification
4 Santos Tour Down Under Youth Classification
4 Tour de Pologne Stage 7
5 Paris - Nice Stage 6
7 Hammer Sportzone Limburg Stage 1
1 World Championships TTT
3 Vuelta a España Team Time Trial
3 Amgen Tour of California Youth Classification
3 Paris - Nice Youth Classification
5 Critérium du Dauphiné Youth Classification
6 Amgen Tour of California Stage 5
6 National Championships Netherlands ITT
6 Tre Valli Varesine
7 Tour de Pologne
7 Tour de Pologne Stage 7