The 31-year-old Canadian won solo at the end of the 16th stage on Tuesday in Foix.
Victory of Hugo Houle. The price of combativeness and excitement too. A brilliant winner in Foix, Quebec was overwhelmed with great excitement on arrival, where his raised finger was aimed at his brother Pierrick, who tragically died in 2012.This is for my brotherhe confirmed, consumed by the heat and excitement once the pressure of his solo effort had eased. After attacking in front of the Péguère Wall, the Israel-Premier Tech formation adventurer completed a sacred 40-kilometer run to choose his first career bouquet. “It’s a nice place to do it“, will welcome the interested party after being congratulated by his partner and partner Michael Woods, 3 yearse behind the great Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ).
As for the leaders, Tadej Pogacar had promised to attack, and he did. Only, neither his first flag in the Port of Lers, nor the second at the time of the change were sharp enough. Accompanied by a luxury Sepp Kuss on the Péguère Wall, Yellow Jersey Jonas Vingegaard never worried, let alone on the descent where Green Jersey Wout Van Aert left the morning break to lend a hand again. A strong group that included the elegant Nairo Quintana, the new 4e of the general, and especially David Gaudu, now 5e after a main descent to return to the final. A good operation that contrasts with that of Romain Bardet (see below).
The fact of the day
Romain Bardet could have said goodbye to his podium ambitions. Mounted twice in the running box, the auvergnat exploded on Tuesday at the entrance to the Pyrenees. In the Port of Lers then in the Mur de Péguère, only two ascents to category 1 of this 16e stage, the 4e of the general he has never managed to take the wheel of the leaders. Despite the invaluable help of his close guard from his Team DSM teammates, the French climber finished with a 3’30 ” disbursement to the yellow jersey group, thus abandoning his 4.e place for 9e, 6’37 ” from Vingegaard. Generally at ease in the third week, however, he was able to go for the stage victory, Wednesday in Peyragudes or Thursday in Hautacam.
statement of the day
Completely erased on arrival, Hugo Houle still could not believe his first victory of his career: “I hadn’t won any races, I guess it’s the perfect place, smiled the quebec at the microphone of the organizers. I went hard, I held on, it hurt a lot in the end … I saw that I was still 25 seconds ahead, then I realized I could do it and I continued with gas. It was fair but I never gave up, I was able to save time in the technical sections. Then I saw I had a minute, I thought it was surreal. I had cramps, I couldn’t move forward but I did.Then the Canadian’s tears will be shed as he speaks of the symbolic value of this victory: “It means so much to me, I only had one dream: to win a stage for my brother, who died when I became a professional. This is for him. I have worked so many years and I dedicate this victory to him, he is exceptional. I have no words, I am very happy. ”
The tweet of the day
After the ascent attacks, the descent attacks through Pogacar. Determined to do everything to get his hat-trick, the outgoing double winner tested Vingegaard twice in this first (small) battle in the Pyrenees. Unsuccessful for the Slovene, who will still have admired the descending qualities of his decidedly complete palette.
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The anguish of Marc Soler. After regaining strength at the end of the second week at the antipodes of a very complicated start to the Tour, the Spaniard has returned to his way on Tuesday. Aware of the vomiting, the climber of the UAE team could not resist for a long time behind the Yellow Jersey peloton, where its leader Tadej Pogacar needed a very valuable help in his search for a hat-trick. Worse, the Spaniard ended up dragging his soul in pain in front of the sweeping car, 20 minutes from another unfortunate in this 109.e edition, Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan. But he never decided to put his feet on the ground.