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Michael Woods’ comeback from a broken leg complete with virtual Mont Ventoux victory

Canadian powers way to Tour de France queen stage triumph

Michael “Rusty” Woods marked his comeback from a broken leg suffered in a crash at March’s Paris-Nice by winning Saturday’s queen stage of the Virtual Tour de France, the Canadian ace the first to the top of computer-generated Mont Ventoux. Woods also earned the day’s most combative prize.

The penultimate parcours of the Virtual Tour de France was only 22.9-km, with a flat start leading to the foot of Ventoux.

Woods first attacked with 10-km to go, taking along a handful of riders including Romain Bardet. Woods’ pace dislodged some of his companions, with only NTT’s Domenico Pozzovivo and yellow jersey-wearer Louis Meintjes able to go with him, but the Canadian soon went solo. Woods led by 15-seconds at the red flag. Woods finished 18-seconds ahead of Pozzovivo at Chalet Reynard.

Woods averaged 6.7 watts/kilogram on Ventoux, with a maximum of 481 watts.

In the women’s side, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio was proud to win the queen stage on Mandela Day. The South African, who plies her trade for CCC-Liv, dispatched yellow jersey wearer Sarah Gigante Tibco–SVB on Ventoux for the victory.

Tomorrow is the final stage of the Virtual Tour de France, a sprinters’ festival on the virtual Champs-Élysées.