The Dutch climber joins on a three-year deal to take him through to the end of the 2026 season, moving on after spending three years at Jumbo-Visma following a five-year stint at Sunweb.
Also joining are Italians Simone Consonni, Fabio Felline, and Andrea Bagioli, along with Carlos Verona, Patrick Konrad, and Ryan Gibbons, while Filippo Baroncini, Jon Aberasturi, and Markus Hoelgaard are confirmed as leaving the squad while Tony Gallopin retires.
“There are several Lidl-Trek riders that I’m looking forward to being teammates with,” Oomen said in a team-issued press release. “But if I have to name one or two; Bauke Mollema has always been an inspirational rider for me who I really appreciate. It’s a privilege to ride with him during the last years of his career.
“Next to that, I’ve always have had a good connection with Tao Geoghegan Hart, who I’ve already known since we raced as juniors. Being teammates with him after all these years racing together and against each other is really exciting.
“2024 would be a success for me if I am able to contribute to the teams’ successes and biggest goals. For sure it would be nice to get a result for myself but above all I just want to give my best on and off the bike, whatever the outcome may be. Normally my strongest years are still ahead of me and with the right mindset, environment and consistency I hope it can create some nice things.”
28-year-old Oomen, who helped Primož Roglič to Grand Tour victories at the 2021 Vuelta a España and the 2023 Giro d’Italia during his time at Jumbo-Visma, said that he had met with Lidl-Trek general manager Luca Guercilena before turning professional back in 2016, adding that now the team feels like “the right place at the right time” for him to make the move.
“When I turned professional, I already had the pleasure to meet Luca,” he said. “Back then, I chose to sign for Team Giant Alpecin, but meeting Luca and talking with him has always left me with a good feeling towards him and his team. As far as I can assess it really feels like the right team and right place at the right time for me, for which I’m really grateful and excited.