Woods suffers from a badly bruised left hand and shoulder and says he has left the Spanish stage race as a precaution. He aims to participate in the Ardennes classics. In 2018 he came second in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, last year third in the Flèche Wallonne. “I am quite disappointed,” says Woods of his assignment. “I’m in very good shape, but I can’t lose sight of the bigger picture. My big goals are in the Ardennes and I don’t want the injuries to get worse. I know I will feel good again in a few days. I will be good in the Ardennes. ”
The fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country takes the peloton from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Hondarribia. Four climbs await along the way, including the famous Jaizkibel. Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) defends his leader’s jersey.
The 30-year-old Kelderman was in ninth place in the general classification after the first two stages. He crashed in the third stage together with Canadian Michael Woods when taking a bend in a street, where cars were also parked along the road.
It was not Kelderman’s first fall this season. During his team’s training camp in Italy last January, the rider was hit by a car coming out of a side street. He suffered a concussion and a vertebral fracture and could only ride his first race in March. He celebrated his return with fifth place in the Volta a Catalunya. Kelderman also fell in the Basque Country on Tuesday.
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