Michael Woods makes Canadian cycling history

Michael Woods (Connor Mah, Wikimedia Commons)

Michael Woods of Toronto, Ontario made Canadian cycling history on Sunday. Woods became the second Canadian cyclist ever to earn a podium finish at one of the UCI World Tour’s five monuments when he placed second at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium.

Woods placed second behind Bob Jungels of Luxembourg and just ahead of Romain Bardet of France. Jungels had a winning time of six hours, 24 minutes and 44 seconds. Woods’s second place time was six hours, 25 minutes and 21 seconds. Bardet also had a time of six hours, 25 minutes and 21 seconds and placed third.

Woods reached the podium by two seconds. Julian Alaphilippe of France finished fourth with a time of six minutes, 25 minutes and 23 seconds.

The only other Canadian to finish in the top three of a UCI World Tour monument event was Steve Bauer of St. Catharines, Ontario. Considered Canada’s greatest road cyclist of all-time, Bauer placed second at the monument event in Paris-Roubaix in 1990.

The five UCI World Tour monument events are a single day race, just like cycling events at the Olympic Games. In addition to Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium and Paris-Roubaix in France, the other three UCI World Tour monument events are Milan-San Remo in Italy, the Tour of Flanders in Belgium and the Giro di Lombardia in Italy.

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