Let his palmares show that Hugo Houle‘s first professional victory came on Stage 16, Tour de France 2022. In a day for the tactical deployment of teammates, the Israel-PremierTech Canadian flew solo from the break of the day with 40km to go, dug deep on Mur de Peguere and kept his cool on the testing descent to come across the line with a salute to the brother he lost to a hit-and-run incident ten years ago. Behind him, Valentin Maduous (Groupama- FDJ) pipped Houle’s teammate and fellow Canadian, Michael Woods. Behind THEM the GC podium remains unchanged due to Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) repelling all of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) attacks. Underneath the podium, it’s all shaken and stirred with Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) moving up to fourth and Romain Bardet (Team DSM) dropping from fourth to ninth. Continue reading
Another bonkers week at the Tour de France – and we have it all and then some. From the always amazing Gruber galleries to the emotion-choked interviews and L’Equipe front pages to Pog amis, Rog love and Wout express.
While Stage 12 of Tour de France 2022 didn’t have the dream-crushing quality that Stage 11 had, it did have a powerful narrative all its own. From the youngest ever winner on l’Alpe d’Huez to a (mini) comeback from a rider who used to dominate the Tours, it was a day of contrasts. The GC Top 10 got reshuffled again (though not as drastically as yesterday), Tadej Pogacar couldn’t shake Jonas Vingegaard, although not for want of trying, and the French didn’t get their Bastille Day victory.