“Pozzovivo and Meintjes are both very strong drivers. Normally in a race you can look them in the eye and see how they’re doing… I just hoped they’d crack a lot sooner than them. Fortunately, I was. able to continue. ”
Woods increased intensity in the last seven kilometers, leaving Meintjes with four kilometers to go and moving away from Pozzovivo 3-1 / 2 km from the finish.
“I think the gearshifts are a much more sustained effort,” added Woods. “I think that’s why I’m so successful. It’s much more like racing. “
NTT is still at the top of the general classification before the last stage on Sunday on the Champs-Elysées.
On the women’s side, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio of Team CCC won in 57 minutes and 10 seconds after pulling away from Sarah Gigante of Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank in the final two kilometers.
Gigante finished 23 seconds off the pace while her American teammate Lauren Stephens was third.
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)