Biography:

Hugo Houle has been racing professionally with one of the world’s top teams, AG2R La Mondiale, since 2013, primarily playing the role of domestique. In 2015 he took part in his first of cycling’s Grand Tours, completing all 21 stages of the Giro d’Italia. Soon after, Houle won gold in the individual time trial at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, earning the victory by more than a minute. He competed in the Giro d’Italia again in 2016 before making his Olympic debut at Rio 2016. Back in 2009, Houle was a double medallist at the Canada Games, winning gold in the criterium and bronze in the time trial. He got his chance to develop on the international scene in 2011 and 2012 with Canada’s first pro continental cycling team, SpiderTech powered by C10, led by Olympic silver medallist Steve Bauer. Houle competed at three editions of the UCI World U23 Championships, just missing the podium in 2012 when he finished fourth in the road race. Houle won time trial bronze at the 2012 Canadian Championships, followed by silver in 2014 before taking gold in 2015.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Yvon Houle and Diane Allard… Older brother Sebastien Thibodeau… Younger brother Pierrik Houle died in December 2012 at age 19 after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident while jogging; Houle now wears a cross in his honour and for luck… Getting into the Sport: Started doing triathlons at age 9 before beginning to focus on cycling at age 14 because it was his strength… Outside Interests: Enjoys cooking and mountain biking… Studied police techniques in Cégep before deciding to become a professional cyclist… Because of his brother’s death, he supports Operation Red Nose in Quebec to stop impaired driving… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Hulgros roule… Favourite motto: “Never give up”…