Hugo Houle had troubles at the 82nd Ghent-Wevelgem (Ghent-Wevelgem) in Belgium on Sunday, where he was the head of the Astana team. Despite the pitfalls, Quebecers ranked 36th.
“For the first time, two cyclists fell and brought me to them. I fell and broke my bike. It took a few minutes for the car to give me my replacement bike, so I wasted A lot of time,” Holler said, he was still far away.
“Then, I managed to catch up to the tuba, but I fell again in front of me. This time, I didn’t fall, but I got caught in the stack. It still slowed me down.”
The athlete from Sainte-Perpétue did not go crazy because of his misfortune, but decided to bet on his exemplary body and his patience to join the team again.
“Of course, these are frustrating situations, but I didn’t panic. I stayed calm and managed to come back again. My legs were great, which took me a long way. No matter what happened today, I’m Very happy,” Holler concluded, trailing the winner Mads Pederson (Trek-Segafredo) by 3:02.
The Danish cyclist defeated Frenchman Florian Senechal (Deucenick-Quickstep) and Italian Matteo Trentin (CCC) in the final sprint to ensure his 15th career victory.
Also in the World Tour category, Guillaume Boivin, a Montreal native of Montreal’s start-up country, also failed to complete the competition.
On the women’s side, Jolien D’Hoore (Boels-Dolmans) and Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal) won the Belgian double crown.
German Lisa Brunnauer (Ceratizit-WNT) ranked in the top three, while Quebec Marie Soler Bryce (Cogeas-Mettler) ranked 84th.
Pier-André Côté and Nickolas Zukowsky, members of the American Rally Racing Team, started the race at Paris-Tours (1.Pro) in France.
Côté did a very good job and ended the game with 19th place. He fell behind champion Dane Casper Pederson (Sunweb) at 2:18.
The latter won the sprint race against the Frenchman Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale). Thirty seconds later, Dutchman Joris Nieuwenhuis (Sunweb) reached the finish line to complete the podium.