Tour de France: a first for Quebec cycling

Tour de France: a first for Quebec cycling

UPDATE DAY

Three Quebec cyclists will finally participate in the 109th Tour de France with the last minute addition of Guillaume Boivin. For Quebec cycling, it is This is a first on the biggest race in the world. He will eventually replace Omer Goldstein in the Israel-Premier Tech squad. 

Boivin, 33, had completed the Tour de France 2021 in 105th place. 

The team has indicated that Goldstein is at high risk of transmission of COVID-19 due to close contact. 

First dropped from the line-up, Boivin returned in the country to participate in the road race at the Canadian championships, where he finished 2nd on Sunday.  

As the first substitute, he still had a slim hope of having a call from his leaders. He should succeed in landing in Denmark on Thursday morning. The start of the first stage is at 2:30 p.m. Friday for a short 13-kilometer time trial in downtown Copenhagen. 

Another team color bearer, Daryl Impey, finds himself in a similar situation, but a decision on his presence will be made on Thursday.  

Boivin will accompany Hugo Houle and Michael Woods at Israel-Premier Tech. For his part, Antoine Duchesne will represent the Groupama-FDJ team. 

In this unprecedented situation, four Canadians will be at the start, including three Quebecers.