Duch­esne For­got­ten

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - LETTERS -

I just read the Fe­bru­ary/March is­sue: nice job again. I liked the ar­ti­cle on Canada's hopes for the WorldTour, but how could you for­get An­toine Duch­esne from your ac­tual WorldTour list? Duch­esne won the best climber's jer­sey in last year's Paris-Nice with Di­rect En­ergie, and is surely one to fol­low in 2017.

J.S. Roy Rosemère, Que.

You are right. An­toine Duch­esne is one of the many Cana­di­ans to fol­low this year. His polka dot jer­sey from Paris-Nice was def­i­nitely a high­light in 2016. We left Duch­esne and his Canuck team­mate Ryan An­der­son off our list of WorldTour rid­ers be­cause, well, Di­rect En­ergie hasn’t been a WorldTour team since 2014, when it was known as Team Europ­car. Svein Tuft, Hugo Houle and Michael Woods are the only Cana­di­ans on WorldTour teams. Duch­esne has been rac­ing atWorldTour events for years and been im­prov­ing. He has too much ex­pe­ri­ence to be in­cluded among the young hope­fuls (Ben­jamin Perry, Alex Cataford, Adam de Vos and oth­ers) in that story. Also, his team doesn’t have the same sta­tus as Orica-Scott, Ag2r-La Mon­di­ale or Can­non­dale-Dra­pac. It is a bit of a crummy tech­ni­cal­ity that kept Duch­esne out of that ar­ti­cle. but rest as­sured, he is on our radar in 2017. — Eds.

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