Oomen encouraged by early signs at Volta ao Algarve

Before the Volta ao Algarve peloton left Portimão for the opening stage on Wednesday, Sam Oomen confessed that he didn’t know quite what to expect from his stint in Portugal. The 23-year-old Dutchman finished an impressive ninth at the 2018 Giro d'Italia but the five-day event is his first outing of 2019 and he views himself as a rider who needs to race his way into a new season.   

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.