February 26, 2014 (Montreal, QC) – Retired WorldTour cyclist David Veilleux has joined the Montreal French language daily, le Journal de Montreal, as a columnist reported the newspaper yesterday. No details were provided as to when readers can expect to start reading Veilleux’s writings.
Veilleux, 26, rode the 2013 Tour de France wearing a Europcar jersey, becoming the first Quebecer ever to complete cycling’s most prestigious event. He also scored the yellow leader’s jersey on Stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné and won the overall at the Boucles de la Mayenne in 2013. In August, Veilleux married his long-time sweetheart, Emilie Coulombe. Then in September 2013, he announced his retirement from professional cycling to pursue studies in engineering and to start a family.
Le Journal de Montreal is a tabloid covering “mostly local and provincial news, as well as sports, arts and justice. While it prints no editorials, it is famous for its sensationalism, and its populist Quebec-nationalist perspective,” as described by Wikipedia. It also has the largest circulation numbers of any newspaper in Quebec, of any tabloid in Canada, and of any francophone newspaper in North America.
Owned by the Sun Media division of Quebecor Media, le Journal was established by Pierre Péladeau in 1964. Today his son, Pierre-Karl Péladeau, is the President and CEO of Quebecor Inc., Quebecor Media Inc. and Sun Media Corporation. Quebecor plays a prominent role with cycling in Quebec sponsoring the Garneau-Quebecor UCI Continental road team and the Granfondo Garneau-Quebecor.
Read the article in le Journal de Montreal here (in French).