Michael Woods: I think I’ve got a shot at the Worlds podium

CASCIA ITALY SEPTEMBER 10 Start Michael Woods of Canada and Team EF Pro Cycling Blue Leader Jersey Pascal Ackermann of Germany and Team BoraHansgrohe Orange Points Jersey during the 55th TirrenoAdriatico 2020 Stage 4 a 194km stage from Terni to Cascia 645m TirrenAdriatico on September 10 2020 in Cascia Italy Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Canadian Michael Woods at 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wout van Aert, Tadej Pogačar, Marc Hirschi and Julian Alaphilippe all used the Tour de France to prepare for the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Imola, Italy, but Michael Woods is hoping the road less travelled, via Tirreno-Adriatico and specific training, can give him a shot at the world title.

"I think it’s a bit of a disadvantage not having the Tour de France in my legs. I think it was the best prep for a World Championships but I've done my best to be ready," Woods told Cyclingnews as he prepared to travel from Spain to Italy for Sunday’s elite men’s road race.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.