Gold Medal Contenders Withdraw From Tour de France to Focus Attention Towards Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/17/2021, 7:22 AM EDT


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is less than a week away. Set to commence from July 23, the world’s premier athletes are set to fight it out for a chance to write their names into the history books.

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And one hotly contested sport at the games is cycling. Broken down into five main events, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will feature – road cycling, track cycling, mountain biking, BMX racing and BMX freestyle. 

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While some of these events are relatively new to the Olympic fold, the road cycling event is one that has truly stood the test of time. Creating some breathtaking moments over the years, the road cycling event is one that cycling enthusiasts look forward to with great enthusiasm. 

A test of concentration and endurance, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics road cycling field just got a little tougher with the addition of two medal hopefuls.  

Woods and Lopez aim for glory at Tokyo Olympics 

Though the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is less than a week away, some of the cyclists continue to take part in the Tour de France. Most cyclists though are now turning their focus towards Tokyo. And joining that group is Canadian Michael Woods and Colombian Miguel Angel López. 

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Finishing stage 18, the two riders decided to pull out before riding to Paris. Woods’ departure was announced by his team Israel Start-Up Nation via a statement.

“In order to recover properly from his past crashes in the Tour de France and to get ready for the Olympic Games, Michael Woods won’t take the start at today’s stage,” it read. 

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Woods will join his two Canadian teammates to complete the trio. An experienced rider, Michael Woods will have to take on a big role if the Canadians wish to land a medal in the event.

Cycling – Tour de France – Stage 18 – Pau to Luz Ardiden – France – July 15, 2021 Israel Start-Up Nation rider Michael Woods of Canada in action during Stage 18 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

López on the other hand was originally taken on as reserve rider for Colombia’s road cycling team. But according to a report by journalist Hector Urrego, López could land himself a spot after declaring his intention to compete for medals. 

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The men’s road race event will take place on a challenging course near Mount Fuji on July 24.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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