Ottawa’s Woods tops Vuelta’s 17th stage
Canada’s Michael Woods earned an emotional victory in the 17th stage of the Spanish Vuelta. The Ottawa cyclist outlasted the field in a 157-kilometre stage that finished with a tough climb up Balcon de Bizkaia in Basque Country and dedicated the win to his stillborn son, who died this year when his wife was 37 weeks pregnant. Woods crossed the line five seconds in front of Dylan Teuns and 10 seconds ahead of David de la Cruz. Woods said his wife also lost her father a month ago. “It’s been a very hard year,” he said. “I was cracked on the finish line. I tried to stay calm, I tried to think of my family and to think of my little Hunter as an inspiration.” Woods is the second Canadian to win a Spanish Vuelta stage. Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria won stages in 2009 and 2014. Woods is 35th overall.