Woods opens with Israel: he broke everyone in Fayence

The Canadian, on his second day of competition in the Maritime Alps, is already giving his new team a boost. Great victory in a final in rampón and leadership.


Michael Woods is one of the star signings of the Israel project led by Chris Froome and the Canadian has taken little time to show it. On his second day of competition, in the Tour of the Maritime Alps, the 34-year-old cyclist, specialist in finals with high percentages, took advantage of the fact that these were the characteristics of the end of the second stage to achieve a magnificent triumph in which he exhibited his strengths. The goal, located on a 1.2 km ramp at almost 10%, was the right terrain for it.

The platoon commanded by Ineos arrived there. Geraint Thomas was gregarious for other tricks such as Narváez and Sivakov. Nairo Quintana also appeared or the winner of the first stage on Friday and leader, Bauke Mollema. However, Michael Woods' strategy was clear and a sign of how good he felt. He took the lead and in the hardest percentages he printed a powerful rhythm that made his rivals, one by one, sit down before the Canadian's push. Mollema was the last to react to try to save the lead, something he did not achieve for a second.

Great victory for Woods and the first victory of this Israel 2021 that is creating so many expectations. It was the outcome of a day in the Jesús Herrada was again ahead (eighth) and in which Víctor de la Parte also played the leading role in Spain. The Spaniard, who now runs for Direct Energie, was one of the members of the day's break, which also included Biniam Ghirmay, Clement Berthet (Delko), Hugo Houle (Astana) and Cyril Barthe (B&B), who were neutralized with 5 km to go.

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