Michael Woods Tells The Roller Coaster Story Of His Gastric Bug Ruta del Sol


Michael Woods took to Instagram on Thursday to update fans on the stomach bug that first took him out of the Israel-Premier Tech lineup for the Ruta del Sol, then caved in to allow him back into the race, then rallied once again to force him out to start Thursday’s Stage 2.

On his Instagram account, Rusty offered “photographic evidence” that he did indeed run the first stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol between Ubrique and Iznájar where he placed 37th.

Woods said he caught the stomach bug on Monday morning, was unable to make it to the airport with teammate and compatriot Guillaume Boivin and eventually called his managers and coach to tell them it was not possible.

Then came a revival: “I had food in me and I slept a ton, and the next day while walking around Andorra la Vella, I thought to myself ‘why am I not doing this race?’ So, I found a flight booked at 9:30 p.m., went down the mountain, took the flight and arrived at the race hotel at 1 a.m. on the morning of stage 1.

Even though Woods finished in the lead group of the pack, he didn’t have a good day. “I suffered all day,” he said, “I couldn’t eat enough and after the stage the old stomach bug reared its ugly head.”

On Thursday, Alessandro Covi, UAE-Team Emirates, took victory and took the lead in the race. The top Canadian was Alexander Cataford in 58th.

Woods said his next competition is another short-stage race in Spain, the Gran Camiño, starting next Thursday.


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