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Mike Woods withdraws from Basque Country cycling race following accident

Mike Woods withdraws from Basque Country cycling race following accident

Canadian rider Michael Woods withdrew from the Itzulia race in the Basque Country on Thursday following a crash near the end of stage three.

Woods’ team, Israel Start-Up Nation, said the 34-year-old Ottawa player had badly bruised left hand and shoulder following Wednesday’s crash.

Woods said he chose to retire to keep his chances of competing in the Ardennes Classics one-day races later this month.

“My hand is quite sore right now. My neck is too,” said Woods. “And I just think it would be a bit risky to keep running and a risk for the Ardennes. But I know that I will be back. I know that I will feel good in a few days and that I will be good for the Ardennes.”

His Canadian teammate James Piccoli, meanwhile, crashed in a decent quick on Stage 4 on Thursday. The 29-year-old Montrealer suffered a bruised hand and was forced to drop out of the race.

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