Hugo Houle rides to first Canadian Tour de France victory in 34 years in memory of his brother

The Israel-Premier Tech rider won his first ever professional road race on Tuesday

Hugo Houle at the Tour de France 2022
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Almost ten years ago, during his first year as a professional cyclist, Hugo Houle suffered an enormous blow when his younger brother, Pierrik, was killed in a hit-and-run incident in their native Sainte-Perpétue, Québec.

This loss affected the young Canadian enormously, and his absence is still felt by the Israel-Premier Tech rider to this day. "When you are in trouble, there might be people who come and get you, and he was one of them, and now I don’t have him," Houle explained.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.