On the back of some strong form at the Ardennes classics, Mike Woods is back at the Tour de Romandie, where he hopes to repeat his success from 2021, a race in which he finished 5th overall, and won a stage.
With the same finish occurring this year on stage 4, after the individual time trial on stage 3, Woods hopes to repeat his performance from previous editions.
“I want to be competing for the podium, or if not a top 5. I won on the stage which finishes in Thyon in 2021 which is essentially the same this year, so I’d like to repeat that performance.”
Romandie will not be without its challenges, however. Having been racing in the Ardennes, and finishing a tough edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Woodsy knows that performing well at this race is hard.
“Romandie is always a tricky race, after Liege-Bastogne-Liege, mentally it’s quite challenging, as you’ve done one of the hardest Monuments on the calendar, then you have to turn round and race two days later, so it’s hard. Normally I’m quite binary at this race, I feel I’m either the best guy in the peloton or the worst, so obviously I’m hoping to be on the better end of the spectrum.”
The six-stage Tour de Romandie starts on May 25th with a prologue in Port Valais.