Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 21, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Sagan returns to top of UCI rankings; Boels Dolmans continues women’s WorldTour dominance; Dimension Data ‘blown away’ by support for Keagan Girdlestone; Professional Cyclist Association to present revised security plan; Miguel Angel Lopez extends with Astana; Huffman, Walle wrap-up North Star Grand Prix wins; Giant USA lays off employees; AG2R-La Mondiale announces Tour de France team; Mike Woods returns after crash, focuses on Olympics; Copenhagen bidding for Tour de France start; On-bike at Tour de Suisse, stage 9; Behind the scenes at the Tour de Suisse; Race starter gets a little too close to Peter Sagan

Mike Woods returns after crash, focuses on Olympics

by CyclingTips

Canadian Mike Woods, in his first year at the WorldTour level with Cannondale Pro Cycling, got a cruel introduction to European racing, suffering three broken bones in his hand after crashing 20 kilometres from finishing the 253 km Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Initially, Woods’ programme was to be the nine-day Tour de Suisse and possibly the Tour de France. Now he is making his return at the Tour of Poland and the Classica San Sebastian.

But he is also aiming for the Rio Olympics road race, since Ryder Hesjedal withdrew his name from consideration.

“It definitely relieves the pressure of trying to make it,” Woods told the CBC of Hesjedal’s decision. “It’s going to come down to a subjective decision and on paper, over the course of the season, I’ve proven I’m the guy for Rio. From a UCI points perspective, no one can surpass me before the Olympics.

“The [Rio] course suits my skill set, which [features] climbs that are between 10 and 20 minutes in duration. Real steep climbs. I’m not the purist climber but I do have a good sprint amongst climbers and that’s basically how the race is going to unfold in Rio, a sprint amongst five or 10 climbers.”

Click through to read more at the CBC.