Granon’s crazy performance was not right for David Gaudu

The first big explanation of the Tour de France is now in the rearview mirror, and David Gaudu is still in the game. This Wednesday, July 13, the riders have experienced and animated one of the most exciting stages in recent years. Towards the Col du Granon, via the Telegraph and the Galibier, the fight for the yellow jersey was extremely bitter. It ended with the seizure of power by Jonas Vingegaard, winner of the stage, while David Gaudu, in the background of this battle, was admirably accompanied by his teammates before reaching a magnificent final to reach fifth place. of the stage! An impressive day as Thursday marks the arrival of the Alpe d’Huez. The Breton will face him as seventh overall, less than a minute from the podium.

Without the team today I am nothing ”, david gaudu

The masks had to fall off. After ten days of racing, certainly very difficult, it was this Wednesday between Albertville and the heights of Serre-Chevalier that the first great battle between the aspirants to the general classification was to take place. No more and no less than 4,000 meters of elevation gain were spread over the last hundred kilometers of a relatively short stage, with a Col du Télégraphe-Col du Galibier-Col du Granon sequence that promised to do significant damage. A breakaway of about twenty men has tackled the first of these three difficulties nine minutes ahead of the peloton, but the big maneuvers have started faster than expected in the rear. Thus, from the Col du Télégraphe, the Jumbo-Visma formation tried to destabilize the yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar, which was isolated and mistreated in the transition to the Col du Galibier. After multiple axes of security, the group of favorites, dislocated in this same transition, however, was reconstituted. David Gaudu took his place, in the company of Valentin Madouas and Michael Storer, before giving way a few more kilometers after another coup. Away, the Breton then hung himself on the wheel of his two acolytes. We were waiting for great fighttoday or tomorrow, or even both, and therefore one had to be mentally prepared to withstand this infernal tempoexplained Philippe Mauduit. From this morning we had decided to put ourselves in management mode, to keep in touch for as long as possible., But of no above all not going into excess because it was a difficult stage en from difficult weather conditions ».

“It was adon’t get angry, from beginning to endcommented David. I was a little lockedand ” throughout the beginning of the stage, i to Galibier in particular. I have sense of the Telegraph that I wasn’t at the top so I got the most out of it, then I met Valentin and Michael. I knew how to stay calm and I came across an amazing team. joI’ve always had people by my side, i Philippe on headphones to guide us. Without today’s team, I am nothing. If they are not there, it is me may be 20 minutes in total tonight ». At the top of the Col du Galibier, the Breton fell about two minutes behind a Pogacar-Vingegaard duo, then superior to the rest of the group. But thanks to a delay in the front and a great job of chasing Michael Storer and Valentin Madouas, backed by Van Aert a little later, everything returned to normal before the last climb, the famous Col du Granon ( 11.4 km at 9.1%). ). Within a group of very thin yellow jerseys, the war resumed from the first slopes and David Gaudu immediately gave way a few meters above his main rivals. ” Once that you are a foot of the last pass with only fifteen guys, you no longer have the right to be cowardsrlaunched the interested party. Today has been more of a fight in the head than in the legs, but I couldn’t let go. He friends have been doing a monstrous job for eleven stepsteveryone gives more than 100%, everyone ends up burned every night. Then Qwhen you are in this position, you must not let go. Tthink of themi to Marc who gave you his confidence ».

It was the right tactic today. ” Philippe Mauduit

But beyond the combativeness, David Gaudu and his teammates also showed real lucidity and approached the final climb with a precise plan.. ” He waited for the runners to explode, I thought for myself some were forced to break after so much fightingadded David. From the beginning I told Valentin it would be a stopwatchand in fact we did one team time trial ». Behind the group in the yellow jersey, David Gaudu did not sink, surrounded by his two luxury lieutenants. The foot of the Granon has mounted very fast, and the order era ddon’t try to hold onBut rather it tries to manage the climb well overallPhilippe completed. Mentally, the boys were strongsi David trusts his teammates. He he knows they are there for him i they are doing a remarkable job. He he is not afraid to let go at certain times so as not to go into excess. It’s not a tactic we’ll use every day, but I’m convinced it was the right one today if we didn’t have the legs to play to victory.. And I think they handled their effort very well throughout the day. ». Thus, when Jonas Vingegaard got rid of Tadej Pogacar in the middle of the climb, David Gaudu came out of his reserve to get the best possible end. I told myself we had to start 5-6 miles from the summit, i is too when they attackedbeforehe indicated. They met one by one on the climb, I saw them in the distance, and joI wanted to go get them. They he also put in a lot of effort before, and leveled they forces in this last ascent “.

David Gaudu went first to pick up Alexey Lutsenko, Aleksandr Vlasov, then even joined the yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar, in trouble, at two top terminals. He immediately made it, just as he distanced himself from Adam Yates, before finally going to cross the line in fifth place at the top, two minutes behind winner and new leader Vingegaard. “Ohit was not handled very wellwelcomed David. At finalI felt pretty good on the last ascent and I have he resumed everythings those he could recover. jo i am happy with my day ». If he has lost any place in the general classification, of which he now occupies the seventh position, David Gaudu has paradoxically approached the podium. Thus, six riders are one minute away from the new yellow jersey, but Thursday’s arrival at the Alpe d’Huez should allow us to see things a little clearer. I look forward to tomorrow, David concluded. VS‘is the July 14, our national day, on an arrival mythical, the one that marked me as a child when I saw the Tour. In addition, Thibaut has already won. It’s a very special stage. “

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