Michael Woods: The bottom three

Michael Woods (Cannondale) riding to third

Michael Woods (Cannondale) riding to third (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Over the past few days as I have laid in bed, in a dark room surrounded by piles of balled up and snotty tissues and an array of half-full mugs of tea and glasses of water, I have received a ton of messages of congratulations on my performance at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (VC). This past week, at the UCI WorldTour race that plotted its way along many of the roads I have trained on over the past two months, went, pretty good. From a layman’s perspective, finishing 18th out of a field of 192 riders looks great. However, in reality, I likely finished in the bottom three riders that were actually racing for the general classification.

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Canada's Michael Woods is a former middle-distance runner turned road cyclist and he races for the US WorldTour outfit Cannondale Pro Cycling. He proved his climbing ability on the world-class stage in February 2015 when he rode into a fifth place during the queen stage 4 of the Volta ao Algarve in Malhão behind stage winner Richie Porte, world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, Jon Izzagire and Geraint Thomas. You can follow his blogs on Cyclingnews during the 2016 season, his first year on the WorldTour, on his website: rustywoodscycling.com, and on Twitter: @rusty_woods.