Michael Woods (cyclist)
Woods at the 2015 Tour of Alberta
|Born||12 October 1986|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
|Current team||EF Pro Cycling|
|2013||Team Québecor Garneau|
|2014||Amore & Vita–Selle SMP|
|2015||Optum–Kelly Benefit Strategies|
Woods' first sport was ice hockey and his childhood ambition was to play as a left wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to becoming a cyclist, Woods was a promising middle-distance runner, setting Canadian national junior records in the mile and 3000 metres in 2005, as well as taking the gold medal in the 1500 metres at the 2005 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. However, he suffered a recurring stress fracture in his left foot, exacerbated by excessive training and racing, resulting in his running his last race in 2007. Woods underwent surgery twice in order to correct the problem without success. He took up cycling initially as cross-training before friends persuaded him to enter races.
Woods was taught English at school by Paul Dewar, who was later elected as a Member of Parliament. Woods attended the University of Michigan on a track athletic scholarship, graduating in 2008. Whilst at UoM he was coached by Ron Warhurst.
In 2016, Woods was officially named in Canada's 2016 Olympic team. Woods was also named in the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia. He finished the 2017 Giro, his first grand tour, in 38th place, taking two fifth-place stage finishes along the way and helping teammate Pierre Rolland to win a stage. Woods was later named in the start list for the 2017 Vuelta a España where he finished his second Grand Tour in 7th place, taking one third-place finish and five top-tens.
In 2018, Woods scored what he described as "the best result of my career" by finishing second in the Liège–Bastogne–Liège race. In September 2018, Woods won Stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, which finished up a steep climb to Balcón de Bizkaia. On 30 September, Woods finished 3rd at UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race in Innsbruck, Austria; the first Canadian Elite Men's podium finish since Svein Tuft's silver medal in 2008 (time trial) and Steve Bauer's bronze-medal performance in 1984 Road Race.
- 9th Overall Tour de Beauce
- 4th Road race, National Road Championships
- 6th Overall Tour de Beauce
- 1st Clássica Loulé
- 2nd Overall Tour of Utah
- 1st Stage 5
- 2nd Philly Cycling Classic
- 4th Overall Tour of the Gila
- 1st Stage 5
- 10th Overall Tour of Alberta
- 2nd Milano–Torino
- 5th Overall Tour Down Under
- 2nd GP Miguel Indurain
- 7th Overall Vuelta a España
- 9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 1st Stage 17 Vuelta a España
- 2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 3rd Road race, UCI Road World Championships
- 4th Giro dell'Emilia
- 4th Tre Valli Varesine
- 9th Overall Tour of Utah
- 1st Milano–Torino
- 2nd Giro dell'Emilia
- 2nd Japan Cup
- 3rd Overall Herald Sun Tour
- 1st Stage 2
- 5th Giro di Lombardia
- 5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 6th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 7th Overall Tour Down Under
- 8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 9th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 10th Overall Tour de Romandie
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
|Grand Tour general classification results timeline|
|Tour de France||—||—||—||32|
|Vuelta a España||—||7||34||—|
|Major stage race general classification results timeline|
|Volta a Catalunya||18||37||79||6|
|Tour of the Basque Country||53||12||29||—|
|Tour de Romandie||—||—||—||10|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||—||—||—||DNF|
|Tour de Suisse||—||26||—||—|
Classics results timeline
|Tour of Flanders||—||—||—||—|
|Giro di Lombardia||31||—||13||5|
|Amstel Gold Race||—||—||20||68|
|La Flèche Wallonne||12||11||33||55|
|Clásica de San Sebastián||61||—||—||9|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec||27||—||—||17|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal||30||—||—||8|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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