MIKE WOODS: » I WAS BETTER THAN FOURTH»

 

Mike Woods continues to deliver quality performances and results in the blue and white of Israel Start-Up Nation.
La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Michael Woods (NZL – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Dion Kerckhoffs/CV/BettiniPhoto©2021

 

 

Today it was the mighty Mur de Huy that hosted the greatly anticipated battle – and where our Canadian finished in a solid fourth place at La Fleche Wallonne.

But don’t TELL that to MIKE.

The Canadian was not happy. 

Mike: “I’ve got a real bitter taste in my mouth right now because I felt like I was better than fourth today.”

And that was job was priceless in the finale, coming into the 1.3 km monster that decided it all.

Mike has the full story of what happened there:

“It was certainly frustrating, especially because the team rode so well for me. Krists put me in a really good position and I chose not to follow him at the very end because I thought it would be better to slot in and watch where Roglic was.

“But that wasn’t the original plan. The original plan was for me to stick with [Krists] and I regret not doing that because it put me in a bit of a fight and then I got botched several times, pushed several times, and I ended up in a really bad position, and just couldn’t respond when the guys [Roglic and the eventual winner Alaphilippe] went.”

He wasn’t sure that he would have won it but felt frustrated for missing his shot. “Maybe if those guys were “a fly” today, but I really did feel like I got a fair shot at them.”

La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Krists Neilands (LAT – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Gregory Van Gansen/BettiniPhoto©2021

But don’t get it wrong – there were so many positives. The whole team is behind him and he’s in great shape; all good reasons to be excited for Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.

“I’m proud of how my legs were, I am proud of the team and we are all looking forward to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. LBL is going to be even bigger for us. It’s a monument. No Canadian has ever won a monument and I think that where my legs are it is certainly a possibility for me to do well there.”

La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Scenery – photo Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021
La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Israel Start-Up Nation – photo Gregory Van Gansen/BettiniPhoto©2021

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