On a 31km ITT that featured a unique 3.4km summit finish, Canadian rider Hugo Houle from Sainte-Perpetue, Que. battled to 29th in the Elite men’s ITT.
Tom Dumoulin captured
The Netherlands’ second Elite time-trial gold, clinching the victory just 24 hours after compatriot Van Vleuten triumphed in the women’s equivalent event. His victory was an emphatic 57 seconds faster than second-place Slovenian Primoz Roglic, while Great Britain’s Chris Froome took home the bronze at 1:21 back.
“It was very steep, with many turns, and the crowd was amazing! It was really impressive to see how they encouraged us. I am still quite satisfied with my overall time,” commented Houle.”
Fellow Canuck Robert Britton from Regina, Sask., who races for Rally Cycling, finished 48th.