After ending his 2019 season early to have surgery due to Iliac Artery Flow Limitation, Sam is happy to return to the peloton in 2020.
Taking inspiration from others in both the men’s and women’s peloton that have returned to racing from a similar injury, Sam is however apprehensive at putting too much pressure on results and instead just wants to focus on riding his bike.
Not from a cycling family, Sam originally took up the sport after being persuaded by a school friend to go along to his local club. After going for a training ride, he entered his first race and duly won it, with Sam hooked on the sport ever since.
Initially it was the thrill of the competition and the speed that came with it that Sam loved, but over time he has started to appreciate other aspects of the sport too. Notably, he likes the lifestyle that surrounds the sport; going out for long rides, seeing new places, satisfaction of hitting his goals and meeting new people.
Now into his fifth year with Team Sunweb, Sam likes the structure of the team and its environment, stating that there is a lot of scientific work which goes into everything and that only motivates him even more.
Aware of the pressure that can surround the sport at times, Sam just wants to get the most out of himself on his return to the peloton in 2020 and further on in his career.