EF Education First wins Romandie team classification

“The team win is truly representative of how far we’ve come this year as a team.”

– Mike Woods


When the six-day Tour de Romandie came to a close on Sunday, EF Education First Pro Cycling sat atop the team classification. Nate Brown, Jonathan Caicedo, Hugh Carthy, Joe Dombrowski, Tanel Kangert, Dani Martinez and Mike Woods celebrated their collective victory on the podium in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I think the team win is truly representative of how far we’ve come this year as a team,” said Mike WoodsWoods. “Last year we struggled at this race. However, now, at a race, a WorldTour race no less, that was lower on our list of priorities, we still managed a top ten and to win the team classification.”

That top ten Woods referenced was his general classification result. The Canadian raced consistently all week, snagging fourth place on all three of the races uphill finishes. He started the final stage time trial in seventh overall and ultimately finished in tenth.


When the six-day Tour de Romandie came to a close on Sunday, EF Education First Pro Cycling sat atop the team classification. Nate Brown, Jonathan Caicedo, Hugh Carthy, Joe Dombrowski, Tanel Kangert, Dani Martinez and Mike Woods celebrated their collective victory on the podium in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I think the team win is truly representative of how far we’ve come this year as a team,” said Woods. “Last year we struggled at this race. However, now, at a race, a WorldTour race no less, that was lower on our list of priorities, we still managed a top ten and to win the team classification.”

That top ten Woods referenced was his general classification result. The Canadian raced consistently all week, snagging fourth place on all three of the races uphill finishes. He started the final stage time trial in seventh overall and ultimately finished in tenth.


“When I did the race planning with Charly [Wegelius] this year, he told me that he was putting in Romandie with the goal of not doing the general classification but to just try and get some type of result on one stage,” said Woods. “We both knew that after the Ardennes that I would be running on fumes. Emotionally and physically, I was drained after Liège, so to have managed to still crack a top 10 makes me pretty happy.

“This is by far my best start to a year,” Woods added. “I have never had this level of consistency. I have managed to place in the top 10 in the four stage races that I have entered, and I finished fifth at a monument. I have a win under my belt, and I wore yellow at Sun Tour.  I am now just missing that big win.  However, compared to even last year, where I had my best season, I was not nearly as consistent at this point.  This makes me excited for the second half of the year, as that is where I am typically stronger.”

Woods produced the standout ride on paper, but the team classification victory is about far more than the results sheet.

“This is by far my best start to a year.”

-Mike Woods


Nate BrownBrown toiled on the front all week and spent a stage in the breakaway. Carthy played the perfect foil to Woods in the closing kilometers of stage four and was a regular in the late race selections. Jonathan Klever CaicedoCaicedo and Joe DombrowskiDombrowski were outstanding domestique, notably in the hard weather. Tanel KangertKangert embraced every opportunity to go on the offensive. Dani MartínezMartinez animated the stage four finale before handing over the reins to Carthy and Woods.

“My highlight was seeing how strong Hugh CarthyHugh Carthy has been riding,” said Woods. “He has been flying under the radar a bit, but I think this week he showed that he is ready for a nice performance at the Giro.”