On track to finish at the foot of the Tour de France podium, David Gaudu does not like that we can overuse a place of honor on the Grande Boucle.
David Gaudu did his special again. Among the first cadors to let go during the 18e stage between Lourdes and Hautacam, the Breton nevertheless finished fifth on the finish line, a few meters from Geraint Thomas. Consequence of a perfectly negotiated ascent of Hautacam. In the end, the leaders of Groupama-FDJ carried out one of the good operations of the day by recovering fourth place in the general classification at the expense of Nairo Quintana.
The plan therefore went perfectly for the native of Landivisiau. ” My fight of the day was not Pogacar, Vingegaard and Thomas, but Nairo (Quintana) and the others. I stayed with them, I could count on a very great Valentin (Madouas) and a very great Thibaut (Pinot) up front. The hardest part was letting go of Quintana, and after that it was well pinned. I came back to Valentin, who rode, then to Thibaut, who also rode, and then I just had to let go of the end of my strength. There are days like this where everything goes well “, he also appreciated.
I would have signed to be fourth overall
With a lead of more than two minutes over the Colombian, David Gaudu is on track to finish at the foot of the Tour de France podium. A place of honor with which he is fully satisfied. And this despite the reservations of some followers. ” I would have signed to be fourth overall. Many say that doing four, five or sixth in the Tour, who cares, it’s useless, but they don’t realize the effort you have to put in and the level you have to have. I am proud to be currently fourth overall. The front three are stronger than me, there’s nothing to be ashamed of finishing behind these guys “, he launched.
« For me, 5th or 6th is already not interesting. Wanting to fight specifically to stay in the top five, they may very well take a splinter. Better try to go for steps, I believe that would be just as well “, had in particular confided Bernard Hinault during the Tour.
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