Canadian riders finished 1-2 on Sunday in the final stage of the Tour de Beauce.
Quebec City’s Bruno Langlois outsprinted breakaway companion Marsh Cooper of Aldergrove, B.C., to finish that last portion of Canada’s only internationally sanctioned cycling stage race with a time of three hours five minutes 58 seconds.
Cooper was two seconds back, followed by Germany’s Matthias Friedemann, 21 seconds off the pace.
Australia’s Rory Sutherland was the overall race winner after 757 kilometres of racing, finishing 19 seconds in front of Hugo Houle of Sainte-Perpetue, Que.
Christian Meier of Sussex, N.B., was third, 43 seconds back.
In all, Canada took six of the top-ten places in the final standings, with Houle claiming the red jersey for the best young rider.
The result was a breakthrough for Houle, proving that the 21-year-old rider can compete against elite professionals, despite being classified in the under-23 category.
“I think I was a bit under the radar from the other teams,” Houle said. “They were more focused on some of the other, more experienced riders on our team.”
For Meier, fresh from racing the Giro d’Italia and racing here with the national team, the Tour de Beauce was a chance to return to his cycling roots and recharge his form for next week’s National Road Championships.
“This is where it all started, our first big race,” he said. “I had hoped to be on the podium, but I think we had some of the best results ever at Beauce for a national team, and I can definitely feel an improvement in my legs.”