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Tour de Quebec win a confidence boost for Houle

Hugo Houle is full of confidence as he heads into the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August.

The 21-year-old Team SpiderTech powered by C10 rider from St-Perpetue, Que., has enjoyed a breakout year in 2012, scoring his best-ever elite result by finishing second overall in the Tour de Beauce in a very strong international field.

Add to this his third consecutive national U23 time trial title, seventh place in Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California and the best climber jersey in the Coupe des Nations Ville de Saguenay and Houle has strung together some very solid results.

And he’s just added another solid performance to his résumé by winning the Tour de Québec, a five-day stage race in and around Quebec City.

This growing event is in its fifth year and attracts a strong field of amateurs and professionals. But because the race is not on the UCI calendar, Team SpiderTech was limited to a maximum of two riders. That left Houle and David Boily facing off against 17 teams from Canada and the U.S., most notably the Louis Garneau-Quebecor squad of Bruno Langlois and Antoine Duchesne.

“Our objective was to be in every move so that we wouldn’t be forced to chase,” said Houle. “We were lucky because we both have good form.”

Good form indeed: In the end, Houle not only won the overall, he also topped the best climber, best sprinter and best young rider classifications. Between them, Houle and Boily won one stage and finished second four times, and Boily wound up fourth overall.

“It gives me confidence for the upcoming races,” said Houle, who boarded a flight Monday for Colorado, where he will spend the next week with teammates Boily and Ryan Roth getting used to the rarified air. “Altitude is still an unknown for me.”

Houle was full of praise for the Tour de Quebec, which consisted of two road races, two criteriums and a time trial.

“The organization is super solid, and there are a lot of spectators with the courses in Quebec City,” he said. “With the mix of stages they had this year, I think it’s a good foundation for the future.”

As for the rest of the season, Houle’s eyes are fixed firmly on one goal: The world championships in The Netherlands in September, just before his 22nd birthday. This is his last season in the  U23 category and he’ll be looking to improve on his 26th place from last year.

“It’s my main objective,” he said. “If I’m selected for the WorldTour races in Quebec, that would be my second priority.”

  • Xgreenx686

    hugo a fini 2e et non 3e au tour de beauce

  • Westy

    Merci! Corrigé maintenant.