Canadian cyclist Michael Woods performed well and won the seventh stage of the Spanish Tour on Tuesday.
When he participated in the group race of the day, about 30 drivers formed Woods, who set off solo on the top of the final 22 kilometers away. After the descent, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Omar Fraile (Astana) connected for three kilometers.
«[Ne pas prendre de relais dans l’échappée], Which made me sit down. Woods said: “I’m very lucky because I have two legs and I can fight for victory.”
Quebecman James Piccoli commented: “I am very happy for Mike. He will participate in Israeli startups with Woods from January. After he fell for the first step, I feel sorry for him. Because he feels fresh. So it’s great to see him win the game in a very cool way!”
This is the second victory of Vuelta for Woods’ career. He is from Ottawa and he achieved such a victory in 2018. On Sunday, in the sixth stage, he ranked second.
Piccoli saw his leader Dan Martin maintain third place in the provisional general classification. The Irishman is still 20 seconds behind the red jersey held by Ecuadorian Richard Karapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers).
Piccoli commented: “If the leader’s team (Carapaz) controls the race, then it’s useful to us. Piccoli explained that in today’s major breakthrough, no one of his drivers participated in the race. We may sacrifice the chance of a phased victory. , But our strategy is if Dan Dan [Martin] something wrong. “
Piccoli was the 134th day. He finished the game in the last set and reached the finish line 17 minutes after Woods. Overall, he is ranked 117 at 1 h 21 min 68 s.
The day after Monday’s rest, the Quebecer entered uncharted territory because he had never participated in a stage competition for more than a week.
“I still feel good. I have never spent a day of vacation in a stage competition. The runner told me that mental rest is more than physical rest, and I have to participate in training [lundi] So as not to run out of gasoline [mardi]. »
The general classification of the Spanish Tour is based on Calapas, Ecuador. Woods teammate Britton Hugh Casey ranked second, 18 seconds behind Karapas. Woods ranked 48th.