Wearing the Canadian Maple Leaf uniform, Hugo Houle place 13th in the U23 Time Trial race as the UCI Road World Championships continued today in Limburg, the Netherlands.
Houle, a member of Canadian-based Pro Continental squad Team SpiderTech, rode solo to the finish line after 36km of racing with a time 48:08.64, showing a time deficit of 1:59.72 over the newly crowned World Champion, Anton Vorobyev of Russia. Houle cruised at an average speed of 46.808 km/h on the challenging course.
“Ouch. I gave all I had in me, and I placed 13th. I am happy with my performance. I don’t think I could have done it better. The others today were just stronger,” said Houle, the 2012 U23 Canadian Champion in the time trial race.
David Boily, also of Team SpiderTech, placed 41st of the same event, showing a time of 48:25.35, averaging speeds of 44.607 km/h.
The junior men were also in action. The group of young riders rode 26.6 km starting in Landgraaf. Norway’s Oskar Svendsen was the fastest of the day, winning the World Title with a time of 35:34. Canada’s Nigel Ellsay of Courtenay, BC was the top Canadian performer, finishing ranked 31st at +1:37 of the winning time. Benjamin Perry of St. Catharines, Ontario, finished 37th.
The 2012 UCI Road World Championships continues tomorrow with the Time Trial races for the Elite Women, and Junior women. Canada’s Rhae Shaw of Amherstberg, Ontario, will be riding to improve on her seventh place from the 2011 edition of the event, while the Canadian Time Trial champion in the junior women category, Saskia Kowalchuk of Toronto, ON will be racing at her first World Championships.