Michael Woods wins the Route d’Occitanie
Third in the worlds in 2018 and winner of two stages in the Tour of Spain, the 35-year-old Ontarian had done the hardest part the day before by winning the queen stage through the Pyrenees.
This is his first victory in a stage race.
I was really stressed (before the race) because I’ve already found myself in this position several times where I took the leader’s jersey, but lost it in the last stage. The day was going to be complicated with the curbs, dangerous streets and the windsaid Woods joined after the race by Radio-Canada Sports
Attentive, Woods took the right wheels when a group of around thirty riders, made up of all the main protagonists in the general classification, broke away more than 60 kilometers from the finish.
Woods was all the happier with his result that he was able to get it in front of his family on this Father’s Day.
It was really cool (to win in front of my family). My daughter and my wife were there and it was really special for me who lives in Andorra, not far from today’s start. So they came and it was a very nice day for me.
For Woods, this victory is also inspiring not only because of its high degree of difficulty, but also because it comes shortly before the Tour de France.
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” It was still very hot today. It’s a tough stage race and preparation for one of the biggest races in the world, the Tour de France, which I’m going to take part in two weeks. Because of my result here, it gives me confidence for the Tour. »
Trapped by one of these edges, the French sprinter Arnaud Démare, who was one of the favorites of the day, never managed to come back, quickly giving up all his chances of a double after his success at Isle-Jourdain during the first stage. .
Le Picard, who has made the next French Championship his main objective for the summer since he will not be starting the Grande Boucle in a fortnight, has a week ahead of him to regain his freshness.
In his absence, the other sprinters of this Route d’Occitanie explained themselves to each other and it was the Italian Bonifazio who distinguished himself by taking the best of his compatriot Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) and the German Max Kanter (Movistar).
With information from Kéven Breton.