Bruno Langlois wanted to show himself at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday. Mission accomplished for the 31-year old rider of the Garneau-Quebecor team who rode on the Canadian team at the WorldTour race. Langlois not only spent two laps off the front, in front of fans, family and international TV audience but also won the KOM jersey.
“I am happy for myself, I am happy for my team. I also thank Mr Garneau and the organization that allowed the National team to show that we had the level to race with the best in the world.” Langlois said.
Langlois spent most of the day in the field until the remnants of the early break was caught with less than 30 kilometers to go. A two-man counterattack with two laps to go was quickly made and Langlois was off the front with Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff).
“I was feeling food so I told myself to wait until it was harder and when it really counted. I was maybe a bit too impatient, I am a rider that likes to attack so when I saw the opportunity, I couldn’t restrain myself and I went. I made myself happy, I raced in front of my fans, my friends and my family.” Langlois said after the race.
The duo worked well together but the field, which shattered under the pressure of the chase, reeled them in with 14 kilometers to go. Langlois finished 30h, 14 seconds from the winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge).
He admits that he was feeling the pressure of lining up with WorldTour riders in his own country. “I’m happy that it’s over because I had a lot of stress before the race, I was unsure about my form.”
Though the crowd was cheering for all the riders, the Quebecois received extra cheers though it took some time before Langlois was able to enjoy it.
“The first three or four laps, because we were going so fast, I had a bit of tunnel vision. After that, when the break was good, we had a couple of laps a bit more relaxed so I saw my friends, signs with my name and my photo. That was cool. I gave even more efforts to perform today.”
Langlois was happy to see that he measured up especially as there is no Canadian National Team at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday.
“I prepared well, I had a good season.” Langlois concluded. His season with the amateur team included stage wins at the UCI 2.2 Vuelta Independencia Nacional (2) in the Dominican Republic and at the Tour de Beauce.
“Of course, I haven’t done a lot of races at this level so I was a bit unsure at the beginning to see how I would measure up but I trained well. I proved today that I had the level to be there.”