Born to Run: victory in Spain

Entrega en domicilio ya disponible: Mas información
ES/ES

Born to Run: victory in Spain

Photography by Getty Images

by Murray Buster

When the going gets steep the Canadian gets going. – “This was a special day, it's always amazing racing in the Basque Country.”

- Michael Woods

With 18 grueling stages and a demanding course that snakes its way through the Spanish countryside basking in autumnal sunlight, La Vuelta a España remains one of the most esteemed races on the calendar. Bearing the Grand Tour title, the three-week race is a key target for the professional peloton, even more so during a Covid-constricted year of back-to-back marquee cycling events.

Long before going into the 2020 event, Canadian Michael Woods had his crosshairs fixed on securing a convincing win at some point during the Vuelta – and it was to come high in the hills on Stage 7. “I'm going to savor this stage win and after that I'll start looking at the race book again,” said the EF Pro Cycling star after his victory. Here’s how it panned out.

“I had penciled in this stage a bit, but initially I wasn't meant to get in the breakaway I was meant to be with Hugh, however the race just got so crazy and the group got so big I had to go across to make sure we had numbers in it and it paid off great for me.”

– Michael Woods

Stage 7 was set-up to be another tough stage in an already challenging first week of the 2020 Vuelta a España.  Coming off a rest day after a second place on stage 6, and teammate Hugh Carthy moving into second on the General Classification, Woods wasn’t planning to go out on the break.  Nevertheless, he found himself with teammate Magnus Cort Neilson at the front of the race with the hard climbs still lying ahead.

Feeling strong and looking to take the action to the group, Woods would inject energy into the front of the race with an attack at 22 km to go, leaving only the strongest to chase him down after quickly gaining thirty seconds on the other leaders.  With 15 km left in the stage Woods would be joined by four riders after the top of the climb.  This is when he started thinking about the stage win. 

As the riders raced to the finish, Woods would cover attack after attack, not willing to let any of his breakaway companions get any daylight on him.  Woods seized his moment with a kilometer to go – once again he found himself alone to sprint to the finish holding off all chasers to capture EF Pro Cycling’s first stage win of the Vuelta and rounding out a stage win in each Grand Tour of 2020. 

Compare Products

Add another bike to compare

Highlights

Where It Thrives

What It's Built For

Specifications

Brakes

Brake Levers

Details

      Brakes

      Details

          Componentes

          Grips

          Details

              Handlebar

              Details

                  Saddle

                  Details

                      Seatpost

                      Details

                          Conectividad

                          Potenciómetro

                          Details

                              Speed Sensor

                              Details

                                  Sensores de rueda

                                  Details

                                      Transmisión

                                      Bottom Bracket

                                      Details

                                          Chain

                                          Details

                                              Crank

                                              Details

                                                  Front Derailleur

                                                  Details

                                                      Pedals

                                                      Details

                                                          Rear Cogs

                                                          Details

                                                              Rear Derailleur

                                                              Details

                                                                  Shifters

                                                                  Details

                                                                      Sistema Eléctrico

                                                                      Batería

                                                                      Details

                                                                          Cargador

                                                                          Details

                                                                              Monitor

                                                                              Details

                                                                                  Extra

                                                                                  Extra 1

                                                                                  Details

                                                                                      Cuadro

                                                                                      Frame

                                                                                      Details

                                                                                          Headset

                                                                                          Details

                                                                                              Rear Shock

                                                                                              Details

                                                                                                  Visibilidad

                                                                                                  Luces

                                                                                                  Details

                                                                                                      Pintura

                                                                                                      Details

                                                                                                          Laterales de las cubiertas

                                                                                                          Details

                                                                                                              Llantas

                                                                                                              Buje delantero

                                                                                                              Details

                                                                                                                  Cubierta delantera

                                                                                                                  Details

                                                                                                                      Bujes

                                                                                                                      Details

                                                                                                                          Buje trasero

                                                                                                                          Details

                                                                                                                              Cubierta trasera

                                                                                                                              Details

                                                                                                                                  Spokes

                                                                                                                                  Details

                                                                                                                                      Aros de la cubierta

                                                                                                                                      Details

                                                                                                                                          Carcasa de la cubierta

                                                                                                                                          Details

                                                                                                                                              Protección de las cubiertas

                                                                                                                                              Details

                                                                                                                                                  Medida de la cubierta

                                                                                                                                                  Details

                                                                                                                                                      Tipo de cubierta

                                                                                                                                                      Details

                                                                                                                                                          Cubiertas

                                                                                                                                                          Details

                                                                                                                                                              Medida de rueda

                                                                                                                                                              Details