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Canadian cyclist Michael Woods wins second stage of Gran Camino in Spain

Canadian cyclist Michael Woods wins second stage of Gran Camino in Spain

Michael Woods from Canada of Israel Start-Up-Nation, right, climbs the Lukmanier pass ahead of Rigoberto Uran from Colombia of Ef Education-Nippo during the sixth stage,…

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Michael Woods from Canada of Israel Start-Up-Nation, right, climbs the Lukmanier pass ahead of Rigoberto Uran from Colombia of Ef Education-Nippo during the sixth stage, a 130 km race from Andermatt to Disentis-Sedrun, at the 84th Tour de Suisse UCI ProTour cycling race, on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP) MIRADOR, Spain — Canadian cyclist Michael Woods showed his climbing prowess Friday in winning Stage 2 of the four-stage Gran Camino race to take over first place overall.

The 35-year-old from Ottawa, riding for the Israel-Premier Tech team, finished the 177.6-kilometre stage in four hours, 35 minutes and 52 seconds to take a 17-second lead over Alejandro Valverde in the overall standings. The Spaniard finished second on the stage, 16 seconds behind.

“I’m very happy and relieved. It’s really important to get a win early in the season, both for myself and the team,” Woods said. “I’ve had a lot of close finishes over the last few months but not many wins. So it’s nice to finally get another one under my belt. I went to the Ruta del Sol last week hoping to get a result because I was in good shape.

“Then I got sick and spent the last week worrying about my form, hoping to have the legs I had before I got sick. I think I did.”

Woods almost missed the five-stage Ruta del Sol race due to a stomach bug. He ended up dropping out after the first stage.

Woods made his move Friday on the final […]

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