the Canadian Hugo Houle put on a show and won the 16th stage in Foix alone, Romain Bardet the big loser of the day

At 31, he experienced his first in Foix. The Canadian Hugo Houle signed the most beautiful achievement of his career, Tuesday July 19, on the 16th stage of the Tour de France, from Carcassonne to the Ariège city. The versatile runner from the Israel-Premier Tech team, often confined to a team role, had never won a road race victory.

He concretized his efforts very well, offering a second victory to his team on this 109th edition of the Grande Boucle. This is the first time a Canadian has won a Tour de France stage since 1988 with Steve Bauer.

The Quebecer is ahead of the French Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), and another Canadian from Israel-Premier Tech, Michael Woods. Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar), who crashed on the descent, crossed the line in fourth position.

It was filled with emotion, his finger raised to the sky, that Hugo Houle crossed the finish line in Ariège. The native of Sainte-Perpétue dedicated his victory to his brother, who died in December 2012 after being knocked down by a driver while jogging. Recent third in the Saint-Etienne stage where he had already shown his good dispositions, this time he proved to be a climber and did not fail on the terrible percentages of the Péguère wall.

After more than 45 kilometers alone, the double Canadian champion in the time trial did not hide his pride in going to conquer this first bouquet, which is moreover on the most prestigious cycling race in the world. “I had never won a stage and I think it’s a very nice place for a first”did he declare.

As for the favorites, the big disappointment of the day is to be credited to Frenchman Romain Bardet (Team DSM), irretrievably dropped in the wall of Péguère. Helped by his teammates Hamilton and Leknessund until the finish line, Bardet finally conceded 3’30 to the group of favorites. Fourth in the general classification at the start of the stage, the Auvergne climber fell back to ninth place, more than six minutes from the leader

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), also left behind in the wall of Péguère, was able to come back thanks to a spectacular descent. The Breton gains three places and finds himself fifth in the general classification. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), he tried to crack the yellow jersey, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), especially in the port of Lers, but the gap remains unchanged between the two men (2’22) .

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