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September 4/19 13:35 pm - Hugo Houle Re-Signs with Astana Through 2022

Posted by Editoress on 09/4/19

The Astana Pro Team has announced a new 3-year deal with Canadian rider Hugo Houle, who will wear the colours of the Kazakh team until 2022.

"I really enjoyed my first two years in Astana Pro Team," said Houle.  "I have found here a nice bunch of friends and a great atmosphere!  I feel very comfortable here and I've got a strong support from sports directors, staff and my teammates.  These two years passed very quickly and now I am looking forward to continue working in this amazing team.  I am ready to keep improving as a professional rider, to develop in races, to follow my goals in this sport.  I want to keep being a team player as I like to help the leaders.  In the same time, I hope to get some personal chances in one-day races or Grand Tour stages.  My next goals in the final of this season are the WorldTour races in Quebec and Montreal and the World Championships with the National Team of Canada."


Houle, 28, joined Astana Pro Team in 2018, and since then he proved to be a very strong team rider, always ready to support team's leader in one-day races, week-long races or Grand Tours.  Also, in these two years Houle has scored a few personal results, including a fourth place at the Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine [2018], an eighth place in the general classification of the Tour of Denmark [2018] and fifth in the overall standings of the Arctic Race of Norway [2019].

"Hugo is a valuable team rider, always loyal, ready to provide his best for the leader," said Alexandr Vinokurov.  "We saw him in many races working hard for Jakob Fuglsang or Alexey Lutsenko.  Hugo is a rider you can always count on in any kind of race.  At the same time, during these two seasons he has demonstrated very good progress; he improves as a one-day and stage race rider.  I think he has a potential to become a rider who can deliver results in short stage races, for example.  I am happy to have Hugo Houle in Astana Pro Team for the next three years."


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