Mechanicals end Michael Woods’ defence at Tour du Var

Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var 2021 53rd Edition 3rd stage Blausasc Blausasc 136 km 21022021 Michael Woods NZL Israel StartUp Nation photo William CannarellaCVBettiniPhoto2021
Michael Woods of Israel Start-Up Nation wore the race leader's jersey on stage 3 at Tour du Var (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A desperate run of mechanical problems for the Israel Start-Up Nation team in Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var ended Michael Woods’ ambtions of winning the race with the Canadian falling short by just five seconds.

The final day of the three-day French stage race saw Woods’ yellow jersey hit by all sides as his overall rivals looked to put the Canadian on the back foot almost from the very start. A large group containing eventual stage and overall winner Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) broke clear before the finish with the Italian making his own solo bid with 11 kilometres to go. The Italian came into the stage 13 seconds off the lead, and with Woods’ group eventually coming over the line 18 seconds down, Brambilla ensured he and his team enjoyed a double victory.

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