Michael Woods continued a six-year run of top 10 finishes at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, finishing in the chase group behind Remco Evenepoel in 10th place at La Doyenne.
The Canadian was part of an elite chase group sprinting for podium places 43 seconds behind the Belgian, who had jumped away on the Côte de La Redoute some 29km earlier to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège .
Woods, part of the group with Israel-Premier Tech teammate and 2019 winner Jakob Fuglsang, later said that he didn’t have enough superlatives for how Evenepoel had attacked and soloed to victory on what was his first participation in the race.
"He was just on a day," Woods told Cyclingnews after the finish of the 257km Monument. "I mean amazing. It’s hard to come up with more superlatives in describing how he rode.
"With that attack on top of La Redoute, everyone just watched and was impressed. You got a feeling that once he was gone, no one was catching him."
That proved to be the case, with Evenepoel’s unstoppable attack propelling him away down the descent and to a victory that looked in little doubt even with almost 30km of hilly roads left to run.
Woods said he and Fuglsang weren’t up at the front of the main group when Evenepoel jumped away, the pair not expecting any moves to stick so late on La Redoute."We were a bit back as I think we were lulled into this false sense of security," he said. "Once you get that far up La Redoute, […]