Surgery forces Sam Oomen to early season finish
Jun 05 2019 09:02 pm CET

Surgery forces Sam Oomen to early season finish
Surgery forces Sam Oomen to early season finish
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Team Sunweb's Sam Oomen has been forced to finish his season to undergo surgery. The rider was diagnosed with iliac artery flow limitation, a problem that requires surgery to fix it.

The rider had to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia during the 14th stage of the race after he suffered a crash that caused him a fracture in the hip. Oomen has been doing conservative treatments for the iliac artery flow limitation but after the lack of results, it has been decided that it has to be fixed by surgery.

"Sam has been diagnosed with Iliac Artery Flow Limitation in his left leg," said Sunweb's physician Camiel Aldershof. "He was suffering a loss of power in his leg and in pain as a result, leading us to investigate the reasons behind over the past months. In an attempt to solve the issues we tried numerous treatments such as physical and manual therapy, alongside adjusting his position on the bike.

"Throughout the process, he was still able to get some good results which gave us confidence towards his late call up for his role at the Giro, but after all of our conservative methods of treatment were to no prevail, we decided that surgery would be the only option to permanently solve the issue. It will take him a relatively long time to recover, and we already consider this season to be over to give him sufficient time to do so."

The Dutchman will have surgery in around six weeks after he has sufficiently recovered from the hip fracture. "I found out just before the Giro that I was suffering from Iliac Artery Limitation, which answered some questions that I had been having over the last couple of months about my left leg," Oomen explained. "I was still able to train well, and do decent races like in Tirreno and Algarve, but during TT’s, key moments and real high-intensity efforts I suffered a lot; my leg simply wasn’t working as it should.

"My season is done which is mentally a big setback but the fact that the cause of the suffering has been found and hopefully will be solved is a relief. Sometimes you need to take one step back to be able to make two forward and I hope that's what I’m going to do now."