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Born and bred in Canada, Michael “Rusty” Woods is a professional cyclist for the American World Tour team EF Education First. The 2018 World Championship bronze medalist, and 2016 Olympian was once a professional runner, and is the only person to have broken 4 minutes for the mile and completed the Tour de France.


FromOttawa, ON, Canada
BirthdayOctober 12th
Weight63 kg (138.8 lbs)
Height1.75 m (5'9")
Type of riderclimber / puncheur
Team EF Education First
CoachPaulo Saldanha (Powerwatts)

Top Results

1ststage 7, Vuelta a España2020
1ststage 17, Vuelta a España2018
3rdUCI Road Race World Championships2018
1ststage 3, Tirreno–Adriatico2020
2ndstage 14, Vuelta a España2020
2ndstage 6, Vuelta a España2020
3rdLa Flèche Wallonne2020
1ststage 2, Herald Sun Tour2019
1ststage 5, Tour of Utah2015
2ndGC, Tour of Utah2015
2ndGiro dell'Emilia2019
Woods mulls Grand Tour options prior to Tokyo Olympics bid - January 18, 2021  

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October 21, 2017

The Rook

“There’s purpose to this,” I said to Alex Howes as we rode along the shoulder of highway 103, a road that wound its way up to Mt. Evans. We were over three hours into, what would be, a 7.5 hour grind from Boulder to the 14,200 ft summit of Mt Evans and back. When you […]

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February 24, 2017

Crash and Burn

There are few jobs on this planet, in North America at least, that give you a four- to six-week vacation. When I worked as a manager at a running shoe store, I got 10 days vacation a year, with no sick days included. If I got sick, and I had to miss a day, that […]

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December 4, 2016

The Fix

My first year in the WorldTour was like a college freshman’s first trip on spring break. There were ethereal highs, there were tearful lows, and there were several occasions when I woke up in hotel rooms having no clue where I was. Emotionally, by the end of the thing, I was spent, and as I […]

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