Tour de France – David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), grateful to his teammates: “If they weren’t there…”

A great return in the heart of an epic stage. Wednesday at Granon’s direction, David Gaudu certainly wasn’t trapped in the winner’s category, Jonas Vingegaard. But while he could have sunk, and shot more than 50 kilometers from the finish, the Groupama-FDJ commander did a much better job of limiting the damage. He placed fifth, light years away from what seemed to him a promising kitchen day, on the slopes of Gallibert, when he was one of the lesser-known candidates.

I knew how to stay calm and was able to count on a great team‘, greeted the 25-year-old French climber, a time clocked by two minutes from Tadej Pogacar, on the penultimate pass of this first very high mountain stage. Surrounded by Michael Storer and Valentin Maduas, he maintained a steady pace, during which Jumbo-Visma was seeking ( successfully) to exhaust the double defending champion, who was stripped of his yellow jersey at the end of this eleventh stage for which Gaudu qualifies”mad men“.

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“Without them, today, I am nothing”

The peace of mind the Groupama-FDJ leader has shown is more than remarkable since he saw his podium intent fade, last year, during a “day of no”. Abstinence, unable to continue for three weeks without a decrease in intensity, could have been hummed by the media or other observers. It would have echoed already, in the corner of Gaudu’s head. But he, therefore, did not flinch, insisting on the role played by his teammates.

Without them, today, I am nothing. If they weren’t here, I might be for twenty minutes in general (Wednesday) eveningBritton, seventh in the race for a gold jacket, is estimated to be relatively far behind Vingegaard (3’13”) but close to second, held by Romain Bardet, 57 seconds ahead of him. Ironically, Gaudu is still down two ranks, but he can come out of this Alpine game comfortable in terms of his chances of finishing in the penalty area.

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“I took over the management of Tadej Pogacar, I took charge of Adam Yates…”

From the intimidating shipwreck to the saved ambition, the reverse is masterful. A batch from Wout van Aert (who came to lend a helping hand to Primoz Roglic, in the same David Gaudu group) contributed to this. But above all legs spoke on the steep slopes of Grannon (11.3 km by 9.2%). “On the last climb, we managed really well. In the end, I felt so good and knew it was so hard‘, satisfied with the eleventh day of the last big episode.

His strategy: to capture the dead, in the language of the little queen: “You had to manage and try to get the players back one by one, and that’s what happenedAmong the ‘men’ in question is called Tadig, who flew two minutes before him, over the heights of Gallibert:I took charge of Tadej Pogacar, I took charge of Adam Yates, I took charge of everyone I could handleGaudu knew how not to put himself in the red, unlike the eminent opponent who beat him in this way.

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We suspected that Jonas Vingegaard would be the strongest and that the goal wasn’t to hold out at any cost, if it came to blasting five stations from the top. (Somewhat where Pogacar gave up, Ed) “He is considered the last winner of a stage during the Critérium du Dauphiné. Moreover, he”Not’(to me) Not over burnt tooThat’s fine, because the violence of this first interpretation in the heights should not mask the difficulty of the following interpretations: From Thursday, Alpes de Huis will stare at the runners.

I’m happy with my day, I can’t wait for tomorrow (Thursday), Let’s see how it goesWe understand that it is, as he seemed to reverse course of his destiny, this Wednesday. But he’s in a good position to see how he annoys cycling with hasty conclusions. Suppose the Tour has only just rocked in the second half.

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