Canadian Cycling Magazine chatted with Ottawa’s own Mike Woods on the Giro d’Italia rest day. The 30-year-old talks nerves, excitements and his pair of fifth places before diving into week two of his first Grand Tour.
Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) is nine stages deep into his first Grand Tour. The native of Ottawa already has two fifth place finishes in the Giro d’Italia’s 100th edition and is currently sitting 8:26 back on race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in 22nd overall. However, the general classification was never the main target for Woods, instead the race has always been about stage wins.
“I have been really happy with my performance. With the long season that I had prior to this race I came into the Giro targeting individual stages knowing that tackling the GC would be a tall task,” Woods said. “Had we brought the break back on Stage 6 and 8, I would have had a legitimate shot at winning the stage.”