In the cyclingnews report, Kelly Cup winner David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) states that he was an underdog because most of the other riders didn’t know him. But his win was not a surprise for those who follow the Quebec and Canadian cycling scene.
The 20-year old Veilleux won the U23 Canadian Time Trial championships twice in 2007, and 2006 and the U23 Canadian Road championship in 2006. He also represented Canada to the Worlds for the past 3 years. He joined the Kelly Benefit/Medifast team in 2008 after spending a year with Jittery Joe’s.
After spending time playing hockey – yeah not a surprise – Veilleux took up cycling at the age of 11, starting off with mountain biking and then added road to his repertoire. He started to focus on road only at the age of 16 where he joined his first team, and established a working relationship with Louis Garneau. He joined Garneau-sponsored Jittery Joe’s in 2007 where along garnering his U23 Canadian title, he also finished second in the Best Young Rider Competition at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.
“I spend an enormous amount of time recruiting, I don’t just collect resumes and just take guys, I actually go out and seek them out and work on it all season and David Veilleux, I tried to bring David on the team last year but he stayed, he signed with the Jittery Joe’s because of his close relationship with Louis Garneau.” said Jonas Carney, Kelly Benefit/Medifast DS.
Veilleux’ stated goals for 2008 are to win the U23 Road and Time Trial Championships, get a top 5 placing in the Coupe des Nations race held in Saguenay, Quebec and to finish in the top 40 at the World Championship.
Also of note, just like his teammate Keven Lacombe, is that Veilleux is still in school.
Other Quebec up & comers to watch are Maxime Vives and Eric Boily.