Veilleux Will Retire.... After Quebéc & Montréal

Stage 1, Criterium du Dauphine 2013.
He joins Steve Bauer (1988, 1989) to win a stage and wear the Dauphine's
leader jersey.
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They have been a handful of Canadians to race the Tour.

In fact, seven Canucks have made it to the illustrious stage. Steve Bauer and Alex Stieda in the 1980s. Gord Fraser in the 1990s, Michael Barry and Ryder Hesjedal in the 2000s. This year, Svein Tuft and ...David Veilleux.

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In a surprise announcement, David Veilleux, who became the first Quebécois to race the Tour de France, is retiring after this week's GP Quebéc and Montréal world tour races. He'll be taking full time studies in mechanical engineering and then to raise a family. Only twenty-five years old and quite a mature decision to switch gears from reaching his goals as a pro cyclist. I've been following him through the last few seasons and my thoughts is of a up an coming Canadian rider with plenty of talent to do very well. Let see- his highlights are starting to show plenty of promise: first stage and wore the yellow jersey in the Criterium du Dauphine which prompted Europcar to choose him for the Tour. Twenty fifth in the 2011 Paris-Roubaix is another memorable race where he was with the lead group in his debut Roubaix.

It's a shame that, after this week's races, we won't be seeing him racing and winning more races. Onto Quebéc!

GP Cycliste de Quebéc start list.

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