The Giro d'Italia gains another figure in it's provisional startlist. Although it is uncertain if he will aim for the overall classification, Michael Woods will be racing in Italy in search of success.
The Canadian puncheur talked to Bici.Pro throughout this off-season and admitted that he will take a different approach for the upcoming season. “But next year the Giro d'Italia is really a main goal again. I want to be in top shape at the start of this competition."
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Woods frequently targets the Ardennes classics and could be present again, combining that with the Giro. If he aims for stage wins it is a formula that could work quite well. In his second Grand Tour back in 2017, the 37-year old finished seventh at the Vuelta a España. He could aim for the GC, but a Top10 would likely be the best possible result and the amount of time-trialing kilometers would be detrimental for his ambitions.
Woods joins the likes of Cian Uijtdebroeks, Simon Yates, Nairo Quintana, Wout van Aert and Wout Poels who should be racing the Giro with intentions of performing in the mountains. Over the coming month, as teams gather and make plans towards the coming season, we should learn about more riders heading to the Corsa Rosa.