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Woods scratched from Giro due to broken hand

Cannondale's WorldTour rookie Mike Woods won't start the Giro d'Italia after breaking his hand at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Canadian WorldTour rookie Mike Woods will have to wait a little longer to try his hand at a grand tour — having just broken it at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.

“This is definitely not a lost season. This will definitely make me come back stronger,” Woods said in a team statement.

The 29-year-old stormed out of the gate in January, riding to fifth overall at the Santos Tour Down Under on the back of two third-place finishes in stages 3 and 5.

“That’s been the hardest part about dealing with the crash, is the fact that I was feeling really good. I had a good one at Flèche. I wasn’t positioned great, but I had the legs to have a top result at Liège. Maybe not to win, but definitely contend for a top five,” he added.

Cannondale’s Giro squad will be focused on Rigoberto Uran’s GC ambitions, and losing a strong climber like Woods will certainly put a dent in the American team’s ambitions.

The team would not confirm a recovery timeline but did say that Woods had broken his hand in three places.