Valter and Oomen end season in Italian autumn classics
Next week, Team Jumbo-Visma will race the Giro dell'Emilia, Coppa Bernocchi, Gran Piemonte, Tre Valli Varesine and the Giro di Lombardia. Attila Valter and Sam Oomen are looking forward to the end of a successful cycling year.
For Attila Valter, the Giro dell'Emilia, the Tre Valli Varesini and the Giro di Lombardia mark the end of his first season with Team Jumbo-Visma. On each occasion, he will start alongside team leader Primoz Roglic. "I had a few days off after La Vuelta a España. Since then, I have had about six good training sessions and noticed that my form is quite good. The upcoming races suit me well, and I love riding in Italy. The short, steep climbs that we will be facing will allow me to get the best out of me, and I expect to be able to support our leaders for a long time."
"It's been an incredible first year”, continued the 25-year-old Hungarian, who was honoured in his home country last week for his contribution to Sepp Kuss' Vuelta victory. "I'm learning a lot from the riders and staff, which has allowed me to develop well. I owe my current form to the team. I hope to continue this form and finish this successful year well. I had some ideas about what my first year with the team would be like, but this was beyond my expectations.”
While Valter's first season ends, Sam Oomen will be racing his last race for the yellow and black outfit in Italy. The 28-year-old Dutchman will compete in the Giro dell'Emilia, the Coppa Bernocchi, the Gran Piemonte and the Giro di Lombardia. In the Coppa Bernocchi and Gran Piemonte, he will assist race leader Wout van Aert. "These races have a special meaning. It is the last time I will be on the road with a selection of the staff and riders. I look back on my time with the team with a very warm feeling. I have been part of some great stories and met some wonderful people. Next week, I will do everything possible to perform well again.”