Woods: I don't see myself as a veteran but I don't feel like an impostor

Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) on the move at the Tour de Suisse
Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) on the move at the Tour de Suisse (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

For Michael Woods, 2022 brings his 10th year as a bike racer and seventh as a professional, but the 35-year-old Israel Start-Up Nation climber has said that he still doesn't quite feel like a veteran of the sport.

Woods, who made the switch from middle-distance running in part thanks to injuries sustained in the sport, will race his second season with the Israeli outfit next year following a five-year spell with EF Education First.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix