Canadian Michael Woods finishes second in debut outing for Israel Start-Up Nation

Canada's Michael Woods of the EF Pro team, left, and Switzerland's Marc Hirschi of the Sunweb team, second left, climb the 'Wall of Huy' during the Belgian cycling classic and UCI World Tour race Fleche Wallonne, in Huy, Belgium on September 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Olivier Matthys

BLAUSASC, France - Canadian rider Michael Woods finished runner-up at the three-day Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var on Sunday.

Gianluca Brambilla's 13-second stage win moved the Italian atop the podium. Woods, who had entered the final day as race leader after winning Stage 2 Saturday, finished five seconds behind in the overall standings.

Dutch rider Bauke Mollema, who rides with Brambilla for Trek-Segafredo, was third.

Woods, in his first race in the colours of Israel Start-Up Nation, finished 13 seconds behind Brambilla in Sunday's stage.

"I'm just disappointed I couldn't keep the yellow jersey," said the 34-year-old from Ottawa. "But second overall, I can't complain, and the team rode a great race."

Woods was fourth in Stage 1 Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 21, 2021

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