At this year's Giro d'Italia Michael 'Rusty' Woods is making his Grand Tour debut at the ripe old age of 30. But his path to the World Tour has been unconventional. Woods was a brilliant middle-distance runner: to this day he claims the honour of having run the fastest mile on Canadian soil by a Canadian (3:57.48).
His running career was ended by a series of stress fractures and at 25 he took up bike racing. Four years later he became one of the oldest neo-pros when he signed for Cannondale-Drapac. He played a key role in teammate Pierre Rolland's victory on stage 17 of the Giro, featuring in the same breakaway and marking the counter-attacks.
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