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by Shane Stokes
October 18, 2017
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Seventh in the recent Vuelta a España, the Canadian Mike Woods has extended with the Slipstream Sports/Cannondale Drapac squad until the end of 2019. He will thus don its new EF Education First jersey next year.
“The team has put their faith in from the start,” he said. “They were the first team that reached out to me, and they gave me a leadership role in my very first race – which is even harder to wrap my mind around now than it was back then. I’m happy to have the opportunity to pay back everyone for the trust and support they showed me during these next two years.”
He joined the WorldTour squad in 2016 at 29 years of age, but ran into a series of setbacks due to illness and injury. His problems included crashing out of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, thus missing the chance to ride the Giro d’Italia. “I couldn’t get out of my own way,” he said. “I had the legs but not the experience or the confidence. My teammates were exceedingly patient with me, especially Alex Howes and Simon Clarke.”
This year saw things turn around. “The things that I’ve accomplished this year are a result of my development by this team,” he said. “I had other offers, but there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than here. Beyond the support I’ve been offered, I have made great friendships with my teammates, our staff and our sponsors. It wouldn’t be the same riding anywhere else.”
“There was no question that we wanted Mike to stay with us,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “We knew he was capable of the performances he put in this year if he was managed and mentored properly, and we think we’re still uncovering the depths of his potential. Mike is motivated, bright and open-minded. He’s an asset to our program.”