No sophomore slump for Woods, on the attack in Pais Vasco

    VeloNews shined the spotlight on Mike Woods following his brilliant performance at Vuelta al Pais Vasco on Friday. The Canadian attacked multiple times on the lower slopes of the queen stage’s final climb. Twice he escaped solo. Twice he was caught by the world’s best climbers.

    Ultimately, Woods finished in fourth place on the stage behind teammate Rigobero Uran. Woods will start the final stage time trial in fifth overall, tied for time with Uran in second overall, following the inspiring ride.

    With his first WorldTour season behind him, Cannondale-Drapac’s Michael Woods is attacking his way into 2017 with confidence that belies his inexperience, relative to veterans like Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde who won the sprint in stage 5 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco Friday.

    Woods, 30, approaches this season with confidence instilled in him by team director Juan Manuel Garate, and attacked the Basque tour’s hardest stage with aplomb.

    “The attacks were a combination of both going for the stage and setting up Rigo [Uran]. Juanma [Garate] wanted me to attack from the bottom. It would force other guys to chase and give Rigo a bit of a smoother ride. And also it helped me with my ambitions of going for the win,” the Canadian said after the race.

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