Quebec cyclist Hugo Houle signs three-year deal with Astana Pro Team

Hugo Houle, of Canada, competes in the men's individual time trial event at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Bryn Lennon/AP)

TORONTO — Canadian cyclist Hugo Houle has signed a new three-year deal with the Astana Pro Team.

The 28-year-old from Sainte-Perpetue, Que., joined the Kazakh squad in 2018, serving as a support rider in one-day and week-long races as well as Grand Tour events.

"These two years passed very quickly and now I am looking forward to continue working in this amazing team," Houle said in a release. "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."

Houle said his next goals this season are WorldTour races in Quebec City and Montreal and competing at the world championships for Canada.

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