Sunweb's problems mount as ill Oomen abandons Tour of the Basque Country

Tom Dumoulin leads his Team Sunweb teammates during the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

Sam Oomen was not at the start of the fifth stage of Itzulia Basque Country on Friday, with the team saying he was not well. It is another unwelcome addition to the Team Sunweb sick-and-injured list, leading to questions as to which teammates will be able to support Tom Dumoulin in the Giro d'Italia. The team already lost Dumoulin's main lieutenant, Wilco Kelderman, to a fractured vertebra in his neck suffered in a crash in Catalunya. In addition, Martijn Tusveld, who was scheduled to make his debut, is out with a broken jaw. Dumoulin expressed his desire to have Oomen's focus changed from the Tour de France to the Giro. "The only rider who comes up near Kelderman in terms of level is Sam Oomen," Dumoulin told AD.nl . "But Sam is scheduled for the Tour and I don't know if the team will convert that. I also think that ...

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