Sam
Oomen

Residence
Tilburg, Netherlands
Age
24
Twitter
@SamOomen
Hobbies
Making music, cooking/food
Favourite food
Italian Bresaola
Favourite TV show
Reizen Waes
Favourite holiday destination
West America/Canada
Favourite race
Liège-Bastogne-Liège / Il Lombardia

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.

“The period of my time off the bike was also a time where I was able to realise that I really missed cycling and I’m excited and motivated to come back.”

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.

“I don’t have expectations for coming back. I just hope I can get everything out of my body and get the best out of myself. I wasn’t able to do that before with the injury so whatever that may be results wise, I just want to do the best I can. If that turns into some good results then that is even better.”

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.

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

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.

“I want to enjoy the journey and get everything out of myself which I can, compete at the highest level, and get the best results that are in my capabilities.”

Results

2020
7 Tour de La Provence Youth Classification
8 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Stage 2
14 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Stage 1
16 Tour de La Provence Stage 2
17 Tour de La Provence
17 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var
21 Tour de La Provence Stage 3
22 Tour de La Provence Stage 1
22 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Points Classification
23 Tour de La Provence Stage 4
2019
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
2018
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