The three-time U23 Canadian Time Trial champion and two-time U23 Canadian Road Champion 20-year old David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) was named Most Aggressive Rider after stage 5 at the Tour of Missouri. Not a surprise for those that follow Canadian Cycling. Earlier this year, he also won the U25 Tour of Pennsylvania race.
He also represented Canada to the Worlds for the past 3 years, and will do again later this month in Varese.
We see that you are limping, can you tell us what happened?
David: It happened in the time trial. I took a sip of water and while putting back my water bottle, it didn’t go right in the bottle cage, I was starting going downhill, I took a right and the bottle went just underneath the rear wheel so I just lost control and went down pretty hard. It took me a couple of minutes to get back on the bike and I still managed to finish in the time cut. The ankle was hurting pretty bad so I went to the doctor, nothing fractured just a sprained ankle. I really have a hard time walking, but once I’m on the bike, just have it taped and it’s good.
You seemed to be extremely active in the break today. There came a point with the breakaway that you decided that it was time to go.
David: Yeah, I think it was 25 to go and we were about a minute from the pack and Lill just attacked and I followed him and we were two for a little while. And then Toyota [Chris Wherry] and Michael Creed bridged across, and then we were riding at four. Creed was kind of taking off, I think it was a descent after a small hill, and they just let us go.
This must be good motivation for the team at the Tour of Missouri.
David: I think we had a little bit of bad luck. In the beginning of the race I was more conservative, I was hoping to do good in the time trial maybe have a shot at the best young rider, then I lost all my chances. Then on stage 2, with 10 k to go, we had the best sprinters, [Keven] Lacombe and [Alex] Candelario and two other guys went down, so we lost all our chances of doing good on that stage. We were motivated today, I was hoping that the break will keep til the end and have a good result, but I knew that if I would get caught, the guys back there with the finish like this, it was really good for our team.