Mike Woods's Bio
Canadian Mike Woods officially shed his nickname “The Rook” last September when he finished seventh overall at the Vuelta a España. The 31-year-old former professional runner clocked a sub four-minute mile as a teenager, but injuries ultimately derailed his running career.
Mike graduated from University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in English. He was working at a shoe store in his hometown of Ottawa when he started riding a borrowed bike. Friends convinced him to pin on a number, and a staggeringly fast climb from amateur rank to professional followed. What Mike lacked in tactical nuance and bike-handling skills, he compensated for with raw talent and a big engine.
Mike spent his first three years as a professional on the North American circuit. Team boss Jonathan Vaughters offered him a WorldTour contract following a breakthrough ride at the 2015 Tour of Utah.
Given an opportunity to lead in his first race in argyle, Mike delivered. He finished fifth overall at the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under, but injury and illness hampered the remainder of his season.
A more measured approach to the 2017 season offered more consistent results. He cracked the top 10 at the Volta a Catalunya and Pais Vasco and finished second at GP Miguel Indurain. He was 11th at Flêche-Wallonne, 9th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and inside the top 10 on three stages of the Giro d’Italia. A third-place finish behind Chris Froome and Esteban Chaves on the stage nine summit finish of the 2017 Vuelta a España marked Woods’ arrival on the sport’s biggest stage. Consistent performances over the three-week lap around Spain earned Mike a new nickname: Mr. Fourth Week.
1st Tour of Utah - stage 5 (2015)
2nd GP Miguel Indurain (2017)
2nd Milano-Torino (2016)
2nd Tour of Utah - overall (2015)
5th Tour Down Under (2016)
7th Vuelta a España (2017)
9th Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2017)