Team Sunweb extends contracts of Sam Oomen and Soren Kragh Andersen
Jul 15 2017 07:46 pm CET

Team Sunweb extends contracts of Sam Oomen and Soren Kragh Andersen

German WorldTour formation Team Sunweb has extended the contacts of both Sam Oomen and Soren Kragh Andersen, it has announced.

Oomen is considered one of the major talents in Dutch cycling and had a contract until the end of this year. The 21-year-old is convinced that Sunweb is the right team for him.

"I believe that I am in the right team with the right people and I'm grateful for the chances and confidence that the team has given me," he said.

"There is no pressure on me and I have the time to continue improving and developing myself which makes for a perfect environment. I am looking forward to getting the best out of myself in the coming years in a great, supportive environment."

In 2016, his first year with Sunweb, Oomen won the Tour de l'Ain and finished third at the Criterium International.

Andersen joined Sunweb in the same year and has since won the Youth Classification of the Tour of Qatar. This year, he also won a stage in the Tour of Oman and finished fourth at the Danish Time Trial Championships.

The Scandinavian's contract was valid until the end of 2018 and has - just like Oomen's contract - now been extended to 2020.

"During my time with the team I have already learned so much from not only a sporting perspective, but also about myself," said the Dane. "I feel comfortable here in the team and the ways in which they challenge me are a really good fit for me. The cooperation and spirit in the team is also a very important thing for me, both with our staff and among riders. My first two years here have been very exciting and I am looking forward to continuing to develop with the team."

Sunweb coach Marc Reef believes that by extending the deals of these two young riders, the team secures its future in both spring classics and stage races.

"Søren joined the team from under 23 level and has already shown his huge potential in various different race circumstances. We envisage that in a few years he will play an important role in the finals of the spring classics and we will take a step-by-step approach as we work towards this.

"Sam showed his potential last year with some really strong performances in the classics and general classifications. When he joined the team we had a long term vision in mind for his development into a general classification rider in the future and we'll take the time to do so."
Photo of Sam Oomen by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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