September 20, 2017 (Bergen, Norway) – On a 31km ITT that featured a unique 3.4km summit finish, Canadian rider, Hugo Houle from Sainte-Perpetue, Que., battled against the world’s best to claim a top-30 result ending up 29th in the Elite Men’s ITT at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway.
“I finish a bit far, but that’s the price to pay when Tom Dumoulin takes a minute to Chris Froome. It’s impressive. I am satisfied, I made a good effort and it bodes well for the road race,” said Houle who added that he did not prepare specifically for this event.
Fellow Canuck Robert Britton from Regina, Saskatchewan who races for Rally Cycling finished 48th. Riders were allowed to switch their bikes before the final climb on a 20-metre section of carpet on a cobbled sector and get a push to get going.
“I can’t believe it, I had such a good day, I thought my power meter was off because it was so high,” Dumoulin said afterwards after he had completed the 31 kilometre course. “Doing the double [with team time trial gold] is amazing, Sunday was amazing but today [Wednesday] maybe less surprising. I was still one of the favourites, which made it even more difficult to stay calm. But I did that and I was on a good day.”
After Thursday’s break from the competitions, Friday will see the first road races get underway with the Junior Women followed by the Under-23 Men.