Although Michael Woods did not participate in the Tour de France, he believes that he will be ready for the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Imola and that he has worked enough with his coaches on physical fitness. "I think it’s a bit of a disadvantage not having the Tour de France in my legs.
I think it was the best prep for a World Championships but I've done my best to be ready," Woods told, as quoted by Cyclingnews "I had a good preparation with Tirreno-Adriatico and my confidence and fitness is coming up.
I think I’ve got a shot at the podium. Winning could be hard with some of the riders that will line up Sunday but the podium is possible." "Since riding Tirreno-Adriatico I spent some time at home in Andorra and then did some solid training with the guys in Girona.
My coach Paulo Saldanha created a good, specific training plan and I also did some good motor-pacing work."
The World Championships in Innsbruck brought a lot of good to Woods. His self-confidence after third place has grown and he will surely come in handy for further races "Innsbruck gave me a lot of confidence," Woods said.
"And since then so have other races and results. My win at Milano-Torino last year and my rides at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and more recently at Tirreno-Adriatico, showed that if I’m on form, that if I commit fully on the steep climbs, then I have a good shot as anybody."
He is aware that it will not be easy in Imola "Some of my Canada teammates are already in Imola and they've said it's super hard and challenging. That’s right up my alley," he said. He seems confident of Wout van Aert's victory but is sure to fight to the end "It’s hard to think of a way to beat Wout van Aert.
He was super strong at Strade Bianche and then through the Tour de France," Woods said in quiet admiration. "It’s hard to think of how to drop him on the two-kilometre climb, then how do you outsprint a guy who can produce 1400 watts for 10 secs at the end of Milan-San Remo? He’s a tough nut to crack.
"He’s got all the cards in his hand. I can’t imagine him losing but cycling is a tricky sport, anything can happen to him or anyone other rider which can change the race."