Cannondale-Garmin's new 28-year-old signing has only raced for three years

Former middle-distance runner Mike Woods, 28, signs a two-year contract with WorldTour team Cannondale-Garmin

Micheal Woods wins stage five of the 2015 Tour of Utah

(Image credit: Watson)

If you're in your early 20s and are worried your dream of becoming a professional cyclist may be over, take heart from the story of Canadian Mike Woods, who has signed for Cannondale-Garmin having only ridden competitively for three years.

Woods was a promising middle-distance runner in his youth, setting national junior records in the mile and 1,500m and taking a gold medal in the 2005 Pan-American Junior Athletics Championships.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.