Tour de France: member of the breakaway of the day, Hugo Houle tries his luck for the polka dot jersey

Tour de France: member of the breakaway of the day, Hugo Houle tries his chance for the polka dot jersey


(Sportcom) – The good form of Hugo Houle (Israel – Premier Tech) allowed him to be part of the breakaway of the day and try his luck to take the best climber's polka dot jersey in the ninth stage. of the Tour de France on Sunday.

Houle eased off with 18 kilometers to go out of the 193 between Aigle (Switzerland) and Châtel, when the yellow jersey group was no longer about thirty seconds in order to preserve his energies for the future. He finished 38th, 7 minutes 37 seconds behind the winner, Bob Jungels (AG2R Citroën).

“I am very, very proud of my day. It was very difficult to take the breakaway and I tried to play the mountain jersey a bit, but Simon Geschke [Cofidis] was much too strong”, admitted the native of Sainte-Perpétue, who did well impression in a very strong group of about twenty runners which was joined by his teammate Guy Niv.

Among the most famous of the group, we found in particular the green jersey Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-EasyPost) and the future winner of the day, Bob Jungels, who escaped solo 64 kilometers after riding briefly with Geschke.

With Uran well placed overall, this ensured that the UAE Team Emirates of yellow jersey Tadej Pocagar managed the gap in a way tight. Jungels was able to resist Pinot, who went against with just under 20 kilometers to go. The Frenchman got closer to 20 seconds without making the connection.

“It was a big battle to make the breakaway and our mission was to put Jakob [Fuglsang] or Michael [Woods] in front with a rider like me. Unfortunately, Woods crashed before the climb where the breakaway went. Jakob tried several shots on the climb and finally, when the shot went off, we had no one, so I jumped into the breakaway,” Houle told Sportcom, having amassed 6 points in the best climber classification.

“If I had won the first two [mountain sprints], I would have had the polka dot jersey. Today, there were a lot of points to take.”

It was rather Geschke who put on the polka dot jersey at the end of the stage, and Houle does not regret having tried his luck. In fact, he is proud of his fitness level. His role in his team could also change if Woods remains affected by his fall on Sunday. The Ottawan, who “suffered a lot”, according to Houle, reached the finish line in 131st place (+27 min 35s), in the same group as Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ), 95th. Guillaume Boivin (Israel – Premier Tech) followed in 158th place, almost 36 minutes behind.

“It's probably one of the best [form] levels I've ever had,” Houle said. I've already made a few breakaways in the Tour de France, but today [Sunday] it was a very high level one.”

Does Monday's rest day come at the right time? time for him or would he have preferred to continue his momentum started on Sunday?

“A day of rest always comes at the right time,” concluded the athlete, tongue-in-cheek.

Magdeleine Vallières-Mill to the end of the Giro

Italian Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Travel & Service) won the tenth and final stage of the Women's Tour of Italy in a sprint. Beyond her 68th place, 14 seconds behind, Magdeleine Vallières-Mill (EF Education-TIBCO -SVB) above all finished the first big lap of her career at the age of 20, grabbing the title in the process. unofficial best Canadian in the 10-stage competition, finishing in 38th place, just over an hour and a quarter behind the winner, the Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar).

What's more , she ranks second best in her formation, behind the American Krista Doebel-Hickok, 15th.

“I wasn’t really going there for a result, so I didn’t expect anything”, recognized the Sherbrooke resident, a little embarrassed. “It’s cool, I got a few UCI [Union Cycliste Internationale] points. Personally, I remember that I felt better and better every day. And with the team, I learned to push my limits by trying to help my teammates.”

The young woman was particularly proud of her mountainous race on Saturday, where she was part of the breakaway before helping her teammate Doebel-Hickok.

After this conclusive experience, the cyclist will rest over the next few days.

“I will catch up on a lot of sleep, school work and see what's going on with the bike shop in Sherbrooke [of which his father is one of the co-owners].”