On the Tour's first day in the mountains, Woods made an impressive solo performance on the penultimate climb
of the day, the steep Col de Romme.
"I knew I was on a good day when we went up the first KOM climb already, and I got a confirmation of that when I was able to bridge across to the front group on the next climb. I'm proud of myself for that one. In the past, I would have given up on that one, but I knew that if I just kept pushing, I would get across and be able to recover.
"After that, I started focusing on both the stage win and the KOM jersey. It was good to have Rik (Verbrugghe, DS) in my ear, giving me some pointers; to play it conservatively on the first cat 1 and then go after it on the next one. I saw Yates attack on the second cat 1 and I knew that if I countered, I would get a lot of freedom and be able to just ride my own pace.
"On the last climb, I knew that I just had to keep my own tempo not to blow up, so that's what I did. Teuns came back so fast and I really suffered, trying to hang on. I can't be disappointed though. I did the best race I possibly could. I covered as many moves as possible early on and I was aggressive. I raced to win and sometimes when you race to win, you're going to lose, but at least I tried."
-Michael Woods. 3rd place on Stage 8. 2nd in the KOMs classification
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Pogacar descends the Col de Colombier
"Before the last three climbs, I said to my teammates: 'Let's try and break the race,' and we did it... I saw that everybody was suffering... I just took off and tried to pace myself to the finish line. I'm pretty happy."
Look back: Knocking on the wall: The Teka Team and Pedro Delgado at the Berlin Wall, 1987 Tour de France.