HIGHLIGHTS - ‘This one is for him’ – Hugo Houle dedicates Tour de France stage win to brother
Hugo Houle took an emotional victory on stage 16 of the Tour de France while Tadej Pogacar was unable to land any punches on Jonas Vingegaard in the yellow jersey as the race moved into the Pyrenees.
Houle rode clear from a 29-strong breakaway to finish solo in the 179km stage from Carcassonne to Foix, a superb way to take his first career win in any race and Canada’s first Tour victory since Steve Bauer – now Houle’s Israel-PremierTech sporting director – won stage two in 1988.
But more significantly for the 31-year-old Houle, this was the fulfilment of what had become his primary career goal – to celebrate the all-too-short life of his late brother Pierrik.
As youngsters, Hugo and Pierrik spent their summer mornings together watching the Tour on television, but Pierrik was killed by a drunk driver in 2012 while out running, and never got to see his brother take part in cycling’s biggest race.