Michael Woods wins stage two to take overall lead at Tour du Var 2021

Woods takes over the GC top spot from Bauke Mollema with his first win for Israel Start-Up Nation

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It only took Michael Woods his debut race to achieve his first win for new team Israel Start-Up Nation, as he outclimbed GC leader Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) to take the stage victory and also the overall lead.

Only two seconds separated the top two on the stage, and the smaller margin of one second lies between them in the general classification, with tomorrow's mountain day, featuring three category one climbs, set to decide the overall winner.

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