David Veilleux

David Veilleux (born 26 November 1987) is a Canadian former professional cyclist, who competed as a professional between 2011 and 2013.[2] He is best known for his victories in the Italian semi-classic Tre Valli Varesine in 2012[3] and winning a stage of the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné.[4]

David Veilleux
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Personal information
Full nameDavid Veilleux
Born (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 33)
Cap-Rouge, Quebec, Canada
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll arounder, Time-trialist
Professional teams
2007Jittery Joe's
2008–2010Kelly Benefit Strategies–Medifast
2011–2013Team Europcar[1]
Major wins
Tre Valli Varesine (2012)

Professional careerEdit

In 2011, he took his first win under the Europcar banner, the 1.2 classified La Roue Tourangelle. He broke away in the final 30 kilometers with Anthony Delaplace from the Saur–Sojasun squad. The pair cooperated well together to resist to the peloton's charge and Veilleux beat Delaplace to the sprint, while the bunch reached the finish line only 5 seconds after them.[5]

In the spring of 2012, Veilleux was part of a long breakaway in the monument Paris-Roubaix which was composed of about a dozen units. They broke away at kilometer 70 and were joined (scattered) well after the Forest of Arenberg, some 110 kilometres (68 mi) later.[6] Leading to the Tour de France, it was announced that Veilleux was under consideration to participate in the race, but in the end he was not chosen, which drew considerable press coverage in his country.[7][8]

In August 2012, Veilleux met success on the Mi-Août Bretonne, which is classified as a 2.2 race by the UCI. He won the opening stage after leaving his eight breakaway companions and riding the last 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) on his own. He and his team successfully defended his leader's jersey for the remaining three stages and he pocketed the general classification victory by 57 seconds on his nearest competitor.[9] In the same month, Veilleux took a great step forward in his career as he won the Tre Valli Varesine, an Italian semi-classic. Veilleux was part of a ten men escape group, and dropped them with 17 kilometres (11 mi) to go, winning solo.[3]

In 2013, Veilleux won the first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné after being the sole survivor of an early breakaway on the undulating stage.[4] He held on to the leader's jersey until the fourth stage time trial. Shortly after the Dauphiné, Veilleux was confirmed by Team Europcar as a participant for the Tour de France, therefore becoming the first Québec-born rider in history to participate in the event.[10] In the meantime, Veilleux won the overall classification of the 2.2 race Boucles de la Mayenne.[11] On 11 September 2013, he announced his retirement from professional cycling, saying he wanted to continue his studies in mechanical engineering at Laval University and to start a family.[2][12]

Major resultsEdit

1st Overall Tour de l'Abitibi
1st   Under-23 National Road Race Championships
1st   Under-23 National Time Trial Championships
1st   Under-23 National Time Trial Championships
1st   Under-23 National Road Race Championships
1st   Under-23 National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour of Pennsylvania
1st Stages 4 & 5
1st Overall Tour of Elk Grove
1st Stage 5 Nature Valley Grand Prix
1st   Under-23 National Time Trial Championships
1st Points Classification Tour of Utah
6th Duo Normand (with Ryan Anderson)
10th Under-23 World Time Trial Championships
1st   National Criterium Championships
1st Overall Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
2nd Overall Tour of Elk Grove
3rd Nature Valley Grand Prix
1st La Roue Tourangelle
1st Overall Mi-Août Bretonne
1st Stage 1
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Prologue Tour d'Alsace (TTT)
1st Overall Boucles de la Mayenne
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné


  1. ^ Deneits, Stephane (8 January 2012). "Équipes 2012: Europcar" [Teams 2012: Europcar]. Velochrono.fr (in French). Velochrono. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Ryan, Barry (11 September 2013). "David Veilleux announces his retirement". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Ben Atkins (18 August 2012). "David Veilleux outruns the break to take Tre Valli Varesine". Velo Nation. Velo Nation LLC. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b Atkins, Ben (2 June 2013). "David Veilleux takes solo breakaway win in short Champéry opener". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  5. ^ Baptiste Bouthier (20 March 2011). "La Roue Tourangelle : Première pour Veilleux". VéloChrono (in French). Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  6. ^ "PARIS-ROUBAIX: 4E TITRE POUR BOONEN". rds.ca (in French). 8 April 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Veilleux est ignoré par Europcar". RDS (in French). BellMedia. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  8. ^ Olivier Bossé (25 June 2012). "David Veilleux ne sera pas du Tour de France". LeSoleil (in French). La Presse, ltée. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Mi-Août en Bretagne – Et. 4 : Classements". directvelo.com (in French). Directvelo. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Canadian David Veilleux to become first Quebec-born cyclist in Tour de France". The Globe and Mail. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  11. ^ "David Veilleux remporte les Boucles de la Mayenne". La Presse (in French). La Presse, ltée. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Canadian cyclist David Veilleux announces retirement". The Globe and Mail. Phillip Crawley; The Globe and Mail Inc. The Canadian Press. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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