September 11, 2013 (Quebec City, QC) – Canada’s David Veilleux (Europcar) has just announced that he will retire from professional cycling after this weekend reports CP. The 25-year-old will compete at the Grands Prix Cyclistes Quebec City et Montreal on Sept. 13 and 15 before he hangs up his bike.
According to Veilleux, 25, he has reached his goals in sports and wants to concentrate full time on his studies in mechanical engineering at l’Université de Laval. He also mentioned eventually starting a family.
This year, Veilleux became the first Quebecer since 1937 to participate in the Tour de France and also became the first Quebecer to complete cycling’s most prestigious event. He captured the yellow jersey at the Critérium du Dauphiné just prior to the Tour which allowed him to punch his ticket to the 2013 TdF. Veilleux also won the Boucles de la Mayenne earlier this season.
He was the 2012 and 2011 Canadian Criterium champion and winner of the 2012 Tre Valli Varesine in Italy. From 2006-2009 he was the Canadian U23 ITT champ, coupling this with becoming the 2008 Canadian road champion. As a junior back in 2005, Veilleux won the renowned Tour de l’Abitibi. He has been riding for the French-based Team Europcar since 2011.
As previously reported, Veilleux married his long-time fiancée, Emilie Coulombe, on August 24. The newlyweds had a house built for them in the Quebec City area.
During recent interview with Pedal at ExpoCycle on Sept. 9 where he was on site to sign autographs at the Garneau booth Veilleux dropped no hints that he was about to retire.