Valentin Madouas very close to victory, David Gaudu wins three places

The Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday, and in this sixteenth event, the Groupama-FDJ cycling team was active at all levels. In the fight for the stage victory, in the breakaway of the day, Olivier Le Gac, Valentin Madouas and Michael Storer played their best. In the final, the Breton puncher and the Australian climber took the lead but were unable to return with the protagonist, Hugo Houle. Valentin Madouas took second place and Michael Storer fifth. In the fight for the general, David Gaudu did not give up despite a few seconds ceded to the Péguère Wall. The young climber was able to finish with the yellow jersey and thus improve his classification in three ranks! He points to fifth place as two great mountain acts are scored.

To resume, the day after the last day of rest, the Tour de France was going to face the first massifs of the Pyrenees, which have been summarized this Tuesday in the Port of Lers (12 km at 7%) and the Wall of Péguère (9.4 km to 7.5% include 3 km to 11%). The arrival was in Foix at the end of a long round descent. 178 kilometers earlier, the battle for the breakaway was less extensive than during the last days of the race, and a group of about 30 riders managed to get out after a few minutes. Attentive and in position from kilometer 0, Olivier Le Gac, Valentin Madouas and Michael Storer took the right car. “It was expected that we would be in front, but not necessarily threesaid Valentine. We have followed the waves, we have been offensive, and this is the mood we need to have for this end of the Tour ”. “It wasn’t necessarily planned to put Michael in front, but once the blow came out, we thought it wouldn’t be so bad to be a little more numerous to try to get to that stage.” completed Philippe Mauduit. At the head of the race, the Groupama-FDJ drivers, however, met serious rivals, such as Aleksandr Vlasov, Michael Woods, Damiano Caruso, Brandon McNulty, Neilson Powless or even … Wout Van Aert. Despite the threat of a close distance from the Russian, the peloton has let this large group take an advantage of up to eight minutes. This was approximately the difference in level after 115 kilometers, when attacking the Port of Lers.

“We had a great race” Valentí Madouas

Olivier Le Gac was anticipated for the first time with Damiano Caruso, before Michael Storer made the leap to replace his Breton teammate at the head of the race. At the top, the Australian climber swung with six more riders while Valentin Madouas, meanwhile, managed to get into the descent that led to the Péguère Wall. “These days are never easy after a break, and with the heat, I exploded completely on the first climb, explained Valentine. I needed to freshen up and take a break. “. Just back in the lead group, then made up of about ten units, Valentin Madouas took a step forward at the foot of the final climb. However, Hugo Houle made a disastrous appearance. In the early tracks, Valentin Madouas saw the return of Michael Storer, Michael Woods and Matteo Jorgenson and therefore did most of the work for his teammate. “In the end, things got better and we tried to anticipate to get the victory with Michael, indicated Valentine. I kept up my pace, trying to get back to Hugo Houle. At the hardest part of the climb, the Breton lost touch before Michael Storer had a similar fate a mile from the summit, without the protagonist being really worried.

Shortly after the change, seventeen kilometers from the goal, the two of the Groupama-FDJ were then in a third step. “I didn’t sink on the climb, I was able to get a little on topsaid Valentine. I was hoping it would fit on the descent. We didn’t take any risks with Michael, but we went very fast together. We’re both doing a good race, but something is missing.. If Valentin Madouas was able to return to the first pursuers in the last kilometer, Hugo Houle was never seen again. At the end of his sprint, the Breton, then, had to settle for second place on the day, Michael Storer inheriting fifth after much work in search. “It’s obviously a decent performance, but being second in the Tour de France is never satisfying. said the French puncher. We definitely want victory. Naturally, I’m disappointed because I think there was a way to get the win, but we found ourselves stronger on that climb. It was anticipated at the right time and we lost some legs.. “You have to have a little nerve to win the Tour and that may also be what we were missing today. completed Philippe Mauduit, but we still have some opportunities ”.

“I hope the best is ahead,” david gaudu

About five minutes after his lifelong friend, David Gaudu crossed the line next to the yellow shirt. When Tadej Pogacar started the race at the Port de Lers, the Breton leader fought harder at the Mur de Péguère, but never broke. “He never had any problems, and when he was a little baffled, he was always well supported. recalled Philippe Mauduit. First by Adam Yates and Geraint Thomas, then only by Geraint Thomas, and he only tipped ten seconds at the top of Péguère. He knew the descent well and knew he had to get into the more technical part. This is what he achieved, as he had already done at this same stage a few years ago. He was not scared. “. “I was completely in Péguèreadded David. I was scared when I saw that it was the green jersey I was wearing when I started going down, but I managed to get back. I haven’t had good legs today, but it’s still going on, so I hope it’s a good release for the next two days. I hope the best is ahead “. At the end of the day, David Gaudu was able to make an excellent balance of the day, rising personally to fifth place overall. “It is clear that it is a pity to be so close to victory, but we still have some fantastic days ahead of us.assured David. Today I return to the general, we continue to play the victory and the whole team works. It is a pleasure to be in this Tour de France ”. This Tuesday, the collective strength of Groupama-FDJ has also led to a progression to the second position in the team classification.

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