Racing on bike during Rio 2016Jason Ransom/COC
Jason Ransom/COC

Hugo Houle


Hugo Houle is a two-time Olympian who has raced professionally on the UCI World Tour since 2013. A valuable team rider and domestique early in his career, he has progressed as a one-day and stage racer since joining Israel-Premier Tech in 2022.

It was in 2022 that Houle achieved something no Canadian had done in 34 years — win a stage of the Tour de France. He finished first in Stage 16, fulfilling a decade-long dream. He dedicated the victory to his younger brother Pierrik, who had died tragically in 2012 just as Houle was starting his professional cycling career.

Houle had participated in his first Grand Tour in 2015 when he completed 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.

In 2017 he raced the Vuelta a España for the first time. Houle made his long-awaited debut in the Tour de France in 2019, after what he called nine years of effort to be selected as a starter for his team. In his second Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020, Houle was a support rider for Michael Woods in the road race, helping him to a fifth-place finish before crossing the line in 85th place himself. He was also Canada’s lone entry in the men’s individual time trial, finishing an impressive 13th. 

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. It was that result that allowed him to transition into a professional rider. 

Houle won time trial bronze at the 2012 Canadian Championships, followed by silver in 2014 before taking gold in 2015. He also won the national title in the time trial in 2021.

A Little More About Hugo

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…Odds and Ends: The most difficult thing Houle has had to overcome is the death of younger brother Pierrik in December 2012 , who was just 19 when he was hit by a car while jogging; Houle wears a cross in his honour and for luck… Nickname: Hulgros roule… Favourite motto: Discipline et persévérance vous mèneront au succès

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Rio 2016Cycling - Road Road Race - MenDNF
Rio 2016Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Men21
Tokyo 2020Cycling - RoadRoad Race - Men85
Tokyo 2020Cycling - RoadIndividual Time Trial - Men13

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 85th (road race), 13th (individual time trial); 2016 - DNF (road race), 21st (individual time trial)

Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD (time trial), 18th (road race)

UCI World Championships (road): 2023 - DNF (road race); 2021 - 20th (individual time trial), DNF (road race); 2019 – DNF (road race), 27th (individual time trial); 2018 – DNF (road race), 32nd (individual time trial), 10th (team time trial); 2017 – 81st (road race), 29th (individual time trial); 2016 – DNF (road race), 29th (individual time trial), 11th (team time trial); 2015 – 14th (team time trial), 25th (time trial), DNF (road race); 2013 – 24th (team time trial)

UCI World Championships (road, U23): 2012 – 4th (road race), 13th (time trial); 2011 – 26th (time trial); 2010 – 93rd (road race), 32nd (time trial)