Woods tames the Spaniards

Starting with Carlos Rodriguez at the foot of the last pass of the 3rd stage of La Route d’Occitanie, Michael Woods won alone in Les Angles, and took the leader’s jersey on the eve of the finish. The Canadian is in good shape two weeks before the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Never before has a Canadian won a stage of La Route d’Occitanie, created in 1977, it is now done! Michael Woods triumphed this Saturday on the occasion of the 3rd stage, which arrived at Les Angles, in the Pyrénées-Orientales, after the climb of the Col des Hares, classified in the first category. The Israel-Premier Tech rider followed Carlos Rodriguez’s attack at the foot of this last pass, and the two men collaborated well during the climb, before the stronger Woods decided to go alone with two kilometers of the line. The 35-year-old Canadian thus offers himself the tenth victory of his career, the second this year after a stage of the Gran Camino last February. Two weeks before the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the one who finished 32nd in 2019 is in great shape! A few kilometers from the border, Woods beat three Spaniards: his breakaway friend Carlos Rodriguez, but also Jesus Herrada and Alejandro Valverde, who played for third place in the sprint. The Top 5 of this stage becomes the Top 5 of the general classification, the former leader Roger Adria not having been able to follow the best.

A trio to liven up the stage

This hot and sunny stage was marked by the breakaway of a trio, who left about tens of kilometers after the start. Morné van Niekerk (St Michel-Auber 93), Niccolò Bonifazio (TotalEnergies) and Jonathan Hivert (B&B Hotels-KTM) had a lead of up to 4’50, but the Col de Jau, classified in the first category and located 63 kilometers from the finish, hurt them a lot and the peloton of favorites joined them. It was then Nans Peters (AG2R Citroën) and Jokin Murguialday (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), joined by Igor Arrieta Lizarraga (Kern Pharma) and Ignatas Konavalovas (Groupama-FDJ)), who took the lead. Arrieta, who started alone in the lead, was caught up by the peloton 30 kilometers from the finish, and it was finally a group of twelve riders who played for victory in the final ascent, the Col des Hares, Woods and Rodrigues showing themselves to be the strongest. Sunday, 188 kilometers will be on the program between Les Angles and Auterive, with three second category passes and one second. Did Woods do the hard part?

Classification of the 3rd stage (Sigean-Les Angles, 188.7km) – Saturday June 18, 2022
1- Michael Woods (CAN/Israel-Premier Tech) in 5h23’34
2- Carlos Rodriguez (ESP / Ineos Grenadiers)
3- Jesus Herrada (ESP/Cofidis)
4- Alejandro Valverde (ESP/Movistar)
5- Matias Skjelmose Jensen (DAN/Trek-Segafredo)

11- Nicolas Edet (FRA/Arkéa-Samsic)

General classification (after 3 out of 4 stages)
1- Michael Woods (CAN/Israel-Premier Tech) in 10’19″59
2- Carlos Rodriguez (ESP / Ineos Grenadiers) at 1’16
3- Jesus Herrada (ESP / Cofidis) at 1’21
4- Alejandro Valverde (ESP/Movistar) at 1’24
5- Matias Skjelmose Jensen (DAN/Trek-Segafredo) 1’47

10- Nicolas Edet (FRA / Arkéa-Samsic) at 2’38

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