Woods mulls Grand Tour options prior to Tokyo Olympics bid

Michael Woods Israel Start-Up Nation
Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) (Image credit: NOA ARNON (Cycling Academy LTD))

This time last year Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) already had a plane ticket booked for a planned late Sunday night dash from Paris and the Tour de France finale to Tokyo and a crack at the Olympic Games road race.

However, for reasons we all know only too well, cycling's usual summer racing program in 2020, Woods red-eye flight plan, and indeed plans for last year's Olympics, all went up in smoke. And right now in 2021 and with a 'new racing normality' in operation, the Canadian is far more cautious about his approach path to the slopes of Mount Fuji this summer.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.