Canadian road sensation Michael Woods will miss the Giro d’Italia, his first Grand Tour, because of a broken hand suffered in the final 20-km of Liège-Bastogne-Liège last Sunday. Not surprisingly, Woods didn’t finish the race for Cannondale.
— Cannondale Pro Team (@Ride_Argyle) April 28, 2016
On Cannondale’s website, Woods said, “It’s the hand, but also my back is pretty bad, too.” The team said that his hand was broken in three places.
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Woods was supposed to be part of the Cannondale contingent working for Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) at the Giro, where Uran has twice been the runner-up. The Giro begins in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on May 6.
So far in his first WorldTour season, Woods was 5th in the Tour Down Under, 18th in the Volta a Catalunya and 12th in Fleche Wallonne.
Cannondale’s Tour de France plan calls for Pierre Rolland and Andrew Talansky to be the protected riders. Woods could play a role in the July squad. He commented, “Once they have a clearer picture as to what’s going on with the back I can set a clear timeline for getting back on the bike. If I was just dealing with a broken hand, it would be fine. It’s the back, too. Getting into bed is a five-minute ordeal. My wife’s been helping me get dressed. I feel like a four year old again.”