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An emotional stage victory at Tour


Canadian cyclist Hugo Houle claimed a special first-ever grand tour stage victory on Tuesday, while Jonas Vingegaard stayed in the overall lead of the Tour de France after a tough 16th stage as the race hit the Pyrenees. Houle attacked on the approach to the final climb, the top category Mur de Péguère, and held off the group of chasers from the remnants of the breakaway to finish one minute, 10 seconds ahead of Valentin Madouas and Israel-Premier Tech teammate Michael Woods. The 31-year-old Houle, above, reached his arms out in celebratio­n on the approach to the line and pointed to the sky in memory of his brother, Pierrick, who was killed 10 years ago in a hit-and-run car accident while out jogging. “This one is for my brother,” he could be heard saying after the 111-mile leg from Carcassone to Foix. It was only the second time a Canadian has won a stage in the Tour, and the first in 34 years. Two-time defending champ Tadej Pogačar crossed the line with Vingegaard, who has a lead of 2:22 over Pogačar and 2:43 over 2018 champ Geraint Thomas.

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