After a long day in the saddle in stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya, Mike Woods proved he is among the best climbers in the world.
After finishing eighth, Woods said he had a good day on the bike. “Yes, that went well.”
But, according to Israel Start-Up Nation, that was truly an understatement, as the Canadian was right there in the action on the final climb.
He made his way up to Vallter 2000 with the best climbers in the world. Woods: “I was not able to follow the first group, but I did attack out of the second one in order to make up time.”
Just behind him, Dan Martin was battling for a good result. The Irishman surprised himself on the final climb. “I did not feel good at all, but I really wanted to be there to try and help Mike in some way.”
He continued: “I missed out on the real final as I dropped my chain. However, I’m happy with how I’m progressing after having been so sick last week. I hope I can continue improving throughout this race.”
Woods, who uses the PowerWatts training programs from Paulo Saldanha to get in shape, immediately started focusing on his recovery after finishing. “Tomorrow is going to be even more challenging,” he acknowledges.
The Canadian is right – there are no simple stages left in the Volta.
Tomorrow is definitely harder than today, with two long climbs before a steep final summit. Woods will get another chance to play a major role in a spectacular show of world-class climbers.
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Photos: Noa Arnon and Bettini Photo.