Michael Woods will be Froome's right-hand man in Israel

The Israeli team announced the signing of the Canadian for the next three seasons. He won at the Balcón de Bizkaia in the Vuelta and was third in the Innsbruck World Championships.


The Israel Start-Up continues to prepare its team for the arrival of Chris Froome in the 2021 season and this Wednesday it has made official a posh signing: Canadian Michael Woods, winner of Milan-Turin last year, on top of the Balcony of Bizkaia in the 2018 Vuelta and third in the Innsbruck World Championships that year.

At 33 years old, Woods arrives at Israel Start-Up as Froome's future right-hand man in the leadership of the team and will be the reference of the Israeli squad to fight for the classics and monuments of the cycling calendar.

A good part of the blame for Woods' arrival at the Israel Start-Up lies with Paulo Saldanha, as Woods himself explains in statements released by the team. "I met Paulo in 2013 and he immediately protected me. He made me quit my jobs as a cashier and in a bicycle shop and told me that I had the qualities to be a professional. Because of my age (then I was 27 years old) it was very difficult for him to find But Paulo put me in contact with Sylvan Adams and they both bet on me when no one else did. Thanks to their trust I have grown in cycling and have reached the highest level in sport. "

On his arrival to the team, Woods showed his enthusiasm for this challenge while thanking Education First for the achievements achieved in the last five seasons. "It has been five fantastic years at Education First, so it was very difficult for me to make the decision to leave the team. However, Paulo and Sylvan trusted me from the beginning and I am very happy to restore their trust. With Froome and other great signings, I think Israel Start-Up has the potential not only to win the Tour next year, but to be present and win races across the entire UCI World Tour calendar. For me, riding with the best rider in the Tour de France of our generation it is very exciting. And together with Dan Martin, we will both be able to have a winning combination in the classics of Italy and the Ardennes. "

Woods becomes Israel Start-Up's sixth signing for 2021 following the arrivals of Chris Froome, Carke Fredrik Hagen, Daryl Impey, Patrick Bevin and Sebastian Berwick.

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