Hugo Houle conquered the first stage of the Pyrenees in the Tour

For Houle, it was his first victory in one of the three major cycling tours. The 178.5 kilometer course, which had its starting point in Carcassonne and its arrival in Foix with four climbs: one of the fourth category at the start, another of the third category and two continuous first class before the final descent, will remain at never in Canadian memory.

As, Dane Jonas Vingaard (Jumbo) defended the yellow jersey against his closest rival Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). These two participants demonstrated today the reasons which push them to compete for the highest crown of the French competition. The Slovenian wanted to surprise the Dane several times, but he could never escape.

During, The Colombian Nairo Quintana (Arkéa Samsic) climbed to fourth place in the general table. The 32-year-old from Boyacá showed his category in the mountains and resisted the whole race in the vanguard group. A performance that allowed him to get closer to the Top 3, 4 minutes 15 seconds behind the leader.

Classification Stage

1. Hugo Houle (Israeli Israel-First Tech)

2. Valentin Madouas (Groupama FDJ)

3. Michael Woods (Israeli Israel-First Tech)

4. Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar)

5. Michel Storer (Groupama FDJ)

General classification

1. Jonas Vingeard (Jumbo Visma) 64H28’09”

2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) at 2’22”

3. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) at 2’43”

Four. Nairo Quintana (Arkéa Samsic) at 4’15”

5. Adam Yates (INEOS) at 4’24”

The “Grande Boucle” will present its seventeenth stage tomorrow. Fraction that will challenge four ports over a short distance of 129.7 kilometers. Aspin (1st, 12km at 6.5%), Hourquette d’Ancizan (2nd, 8.2km at 5.1%), Val Louron (1st, 10.7km at 6.8%) and the finish in Peyragudes ( 1st, 8km at 7.8%).

Julio Maya, journalist specializing in sports, more than 2 years of experience in sports journalism. Correspondent of sports corner.

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