Seven years ago, during a shift at a bike shop, Mike Woods' life changed from end to end • Since then, the Canadian rider has become one of the best climbers in the world - and now he joins the Israeli Sun Group • Yesterday Guy Niv finished Friday at the opening of Criterium Do Dopina
Sun's announcement of the addition of Mike Woods
Courtesy of The Sun Group
While all the Israeli eyes were focused on Guy Niv's return to the circle of competitions at the World Tour level, in the first section of the Criterium du Dopina, the world probably got a new and amazing candidate to win the Tour de France.
Wat Van Art, the phenomenal rider of the Yambo Wisma team, who won the section (218.5 km) with a time of 5: 27.42 hours. This victory joins a show he gave a week ago at the Milan-San Remo race, where he won a huge photo finish.
Dan Martin, the Irish rider of Israel Start-up Nation, finished in sixth place, and it seems that despite a lame season opener, the climber has returned to fitness.
Guy Niv was not particularly impressed, finishing in a good spot in the middle, but given that they had arranged him back for the season in one of the toughest races, he should suffer a little less in the section today (135 km, 15:45, Eurosport 2).
Even before Niv jumped into the first section at Vodopina, the Sun team announced another significant signing for next season - Canadian rider Mike Woods, one of the world's most prominent climbers.
Guy Niv. Good place in the middle
This signing is one of the most important in a series designed to put together a winning vehicle led by Chris Fromm starting next season, or in other words - building the hive around the British rider is filling up towards raising expectations to particularly high levels.
In 2018, Woods (33) finished on the podium at the World Road Championship, won the Milan-Turin race, won one stage at the Spanish Volta and finished seventh overall in the entire column.
From the bank to the Tour de France?
Already seven years ago, Woods was an anonymous athlete who generally started as a runner and as a hockey player, until he was injured and left everything in favor of a job at a bank and a job at a bike shop. In this store he came across 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, offering him an immediate resignation from the bank and devoting all his time to cycling. He enlisted Adams to help Woods financially and became his coach. Six years later, Woods is a top climber in the American team EF. Starting next season he will close the circle with Adams and Saldana.
"I owe Silvan and Paulo my career," said Woods. "The opportunity to ride and assist the greatest rider of the current generation, Chris Fromm, will be a great thing for me."
Adams (mourning the death of his father Marcel, a Holocaust survivor who became a billionaire) said: "For me the arrival of 'Woodsie' is particularly exciting. It will be of immense value to Fromm and our ambitions to face future victories in the Tour de France.