The Israel Start-Up Nation riders showed great morale on stage 2 of the Tour de France with Michael Woods fighting with the best riders on the uphill finish on Mûr-de-Bretagne.
After a difficult start to the race, with seven out of eight riders crashing on stage 1, the ISN guys demonstrated great character on Sunday’s stage. Woods proved that he, indeed, has entered this year’s Tour de France in great shape, as he followed the top favorites on the challenging finish to take 11th place on the day.
After X-rays at the hospital last night ruled out any fractures for Reto Hollenstein and Chris Froome, both riders managed to start and finish today’s stage keeping the team intact after a hectic weekend of racing.
On Monday, the Tour continues with what should be a day for sprinters.
Michael Woods: “Mentally, it was a struggle out there today. After the crash yesterday, I was pretty scared all day. However, my legs felt really good. When Van der Poel took off, I was a little too far back. I tried attacking but I didn’t want to play the GC game, so when the win wasn’t an option anymore, I just sat in. Still, I’m really happy to bounce back like this and see that I’m able to climb with the best guys. This gives me a lot of confidence for the mountain stages.”