Ot­tawa’s Woods tops Vuelta’s 17th stage

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

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.

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