Alpes Maritimes: Woods is missing a second
20.02.2021 | (rsn) – The Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (2.1) will be decided in a one-second thriller. Before tomorrow’s final stage, Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) are separated in places one and two by just one second. And the new overall third David Gaudu (Groupama -FDJ) is still within striking distance, only six seconds behind the yellow jersey.
On the other hand, it seems certain that Nairo Quintana (Arkéa – Samsic) will not be able to repeat last year’s victory. In tenth place, the Colombian is already 13 seconds behind Woods, who won the second stage over 168 kilometers with start and finish in Fayences at the end of the 1.2 kilometer long and almost ten percent steep Mur de Fayence, with Mollema as the first winner left behind by two seconds. That was enough to push the Dutchman from the top of the overall ranking of the tour through the French Maritime Alps.
“Everything worked out”, commented the visibly satisfied Woods of the first victory in his new team’s jersey. “My legs hurt, but the team did a fantastic job and protected me. It was my first race with the team, but everything went perfectly. Tomorrow will be different and tough. The Madone is a tough climb, but we have a strong one Team ”, says Woods with a view of the last of three mountains in the first category, the summit of which, at around 900 meters, is already crossed 25 kilometers before the finish of the 135-kilometer stage.
This is exactly where Mollema, who was barely beaten in faience, directs his hope. “Tomorrow will be even harder than the first two. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. I know every mountain from training, ”said the 34-year-old, who lives very close by in Monte Carlo and should therefore have excellent track knowledge.
In the narrow and steep streets of Fayence, the wearer of the yellow jersey only had to let a gap tear in the last meters after Woods accelerated away from the front for the last 500 meters. “He was stronger today. He started and I was hanging on his back wheel but couldn’t go. He deserved to win, ”he praised his opponent.
Nevertheless, Mollema took away a positive aspect from the 2nd stage. “It’s not often that I finish first and second on two consecutive stages,” he said. On Sunday, the 2019 Il Lombardia winner will do everything possible to extend this small series.