Mike Woods: ‘I wasn’t meant to be in the breakaway, but the race got so crazy’ 

The EF Pro Cycling rider took his second Grand Tour stage at the Vuelta a España 

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Mike Woods said he hadn’t planned to make it into the breakaway before his victory on stage seven of the Vuelta a España.

The Canadian had intended to stay with EF Pro Cycling’s general classification leader Hugh Carthy, but as the race exploded on the road to  Villanueva de Valdegovia Woods had to jump into the escape.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.