New candidate to win the Tour de France? A week after winning in Milan - San Remo, the Belgian rider also finished ahead of everyone in the first section in France • Mick Woods signed at start-up Nation
Van Art at the end of the first section, today
While all Israeli eyes were focused on Guy Niv's return to the World Tour Tour in the first round of the Criterium Dupina, the world apparently got a new and amazing candidate to win the Tour de France - Wat Van Art, the phenomenal rider of the Yimbo Wisma team who won the section (218.5 km) In a time of 5: 27.42 hours, Van Art's victory joins a show he gave a week ago in the Milan - San Remo race, which he won in a huge photo finish.
Dan Martin, the Irish rider of Israel Startup Nation, finished in sixth place and it seems that despite the start of a lame season, the climber has returned to fitness. Guy Niv finished in a good spot in the middle, not particularly impressive but given that they arranged him back for the season in one of the toughest races, he should suffer a little less in the section tomorrow (135km, 15:45, Eurosport 2).
Expectations are rising: Mike Woods has signed on to Startup Nation
Even before Niv jumped into the first section Budopina announced the Sun team another significant signing for next season when they added Canadian rider Mike Woods, one of the world's most prominent climbers.
The signing is one of the most important in a series designed to put together a winning lineup led by Chris Fromm starting next season or in other words - building the hive around Fromm is filling up towards raising expectations next season to particularly high levels.
Woods, 33, finished on the podium at the 2018 Road World Championships - won the Milan Turin race, one stage in the Spanish Volta and seventh overall in the entire column. Until 7 years ago Woods was an anonymous athlete who even started as a runner and hockey player, until he was injured and left everything in favor of a job at a bank and working in a bike shop. In the store he encounters Paolo Saldana, a Canadian coach and professional advisor and close friend of Sylvan Adams, one of the Sun team owners.
"You have an amazing 'engine'," Saldana then praised Woods' performance and offered to resign from the bank immediately and devote all his time to cycling. He enlisted Adams to help Woods financially and became his coach. 6 years later - Woods is climbing on the American team EF and starting next season he will close the circle with Adams and Saldana.
"I owe Silvan and Paulo my career," Woods said, "and with the opportunity to ride and assist the greatest rider of the generation Chris Fromm - and also to achieve victories myself for the team - it will be a great thing."
Adams (mourning the death of his father, the Holocaust survivor who became a billionaire, Marcel Adams) said: "For me, the arrival of Woodsie is especially exciting. .