Tour de France: Hugo Houle takes third place in the 13th stage

Tour de France: Hugo Houle takes third place in stage 13


Quebecer Hugo Houle took third place in the 13th stage of the Tour de France which ended Friday in Saint-Étienne.

Former Danish world champion Mads Pedersen won the stage ahead of Briton Fred Wright. 

No Quebecer has ever won a victory over the Grande Boucle and Houle was almost the ultimate dream. 

Less than 300 meters from the finish line, Houle was playing for victory against his two opponents, but he could not do anything against the speed of Pedersen who took several lengths of the bike. 

Houle, 31, was in the group of seven runaways in the lead for more than a hundred kilometers. Their slim lead climbed to 3 min 30 s.

Matteo Jorgenson, Stefan Küng, stage winner in 2018, and Filippo Ganna, double world champion in the time trial, did not follow a first attack with about 12 kilometers to go.  

After the red flame, Houle found himself in the lead ahead of the two other survivors. Pedersen's outburst was devastating in the sprint, however. 

2019 World Champion, 26-year-old Pedersen takes his first Tour de France stage win. 

Congratulated by the Prime Minister

Premier François Legault congratulated the Quebecer on his achievement. “A great performance from Quebecer Hugo Houle at the Tour de France! What pride for Quebec! Bravo!”, he wrote on Twitter.

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