Best Instagram moments of Canadian riders at Tour de France 2019

The 106th edition of the Tour de France ended on Sunday, July 28th with the emblematic arrival of 155 riders on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Colombian rider Egan Bernal was crowned Tour de France champion this year. 2 Canadian riders, Hugo Houle and Michael Woods, crossed these 21 stages in challenging physical and weather conditions. In three weeks, they covered 3366 km through Champagne, Alsace, Vosges Massifs, Burgundy, Auvergne, Lyon, and Occitanie - South of France.

Perseverance equals victory

Quebec cyclist Hugo Houle continued the race despite the withdrawal of his teammate, Jakob Fuglsang, from Team Astana at stage 16 after a crash.

A challenge for the future

The 28-year-old cyclist told Radio-Canada Sports that he has reached his physical maturity which allows him to achieve better overall performance. He wishes to participate in the Tour again starting next year.

Successful stage 18

Despite his broken ribs and a wild hailstorm towards the end of the Tour, Michael Woods, the 32 year-old cyclist from Ottawa, managed to climb to the 36th position in the overall classification during the stage 18.

Once in a lifetime experience

With a undisguisable smile on his face, Michael Woods of EF Canada (External link) team finished the Tour at the Champs-Élysées as planned. "Being able to do the Tour at my age is really a unique opportunity, so I don't take it for granted. It's really the best thing that could have happened to me, and I'm making the most of it." he said in an interview with Radio-Canada Sports.

Learn more about the regions that the riders crossed during Tour de France:

Alps - Mont Blanc

Alsace and Lorraine

Auvergne

La Champagne

Lyon

Vosges Massif

Occitanie - South of France

Paris

Burgundy