Michael Woods: 'I'm pinching myself sitting on Froome's wheel'

From injured runner to riding with the best in the world on the Vuelta a España's mountain stages – Michael Woods is making an impression

Michael Woods at the 2017 Vuelta a España.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

In 2012, when Chris Froome placed second overall in the Tour de France behind Bradley Wiggins, Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) was racing in his first event as an amateur. Now – pinching himself – he is riding alongside Froome in the Vuelta a España's mountains.

The Canadian already impressed in his Grand Tour debut in the Giro d'Italia this May. In the Vuelta's stage up the steep and short Santa Lucía in Alcossebre, he remained with Froome, Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) to the finish.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.