Woods: I knew I was going to be on a good one today

Michael Woods (EF Drapac)

As Michael Woods ( EF Education First-Drapac ) lined up on Catania's Via Vittorio Emanuele II Tuesday morning, he was coy about his status among the favourites for stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia , which finished with a stiff uphill kick in Caltagirone. "I've never won a WorldTour race before, so I obviously can't be considered the favourite until I do something like that," Woods said. "But it's one that I've certainly had marked on the calendar." Woods' humility is perhaps a residue of his belated start in professional cycling following a previous existence as a collegiate middle-distance runner, but after placing second in Liège-Bastogne-Liège last month and 7th at the Vuelta a España last season, it was already self-evident that the Canadian fully merited his top billing. On the pugnacious finale in Caltagirone, after almost five and a half hours of racing across the rugged and scorched hills ...

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