Tour de France 2022 - Hautacam - David Gaudu (Groupama FDJ) "fier" de sa 4e place au classement général

Tour de France 2022 – Hautacam – David Gaudu (Groupama FDJ) “fier” de sa 4e place au classement général

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Of course, “until you’re in Paris”, you never know, as the saying goes. But a priori, David Gaudu will have nothing to lose or gain during the time trial between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour on Saturday. Not close enough to Geraint Thomas to hope for more, far enough from the others to fear anything. The French should therefore finish this Tour 2022 in 4th place. At the foot of the podium. Frustrating? Not for a second.

Some are choosy, but I’m proud of this fourth place.”he assured Thursday at Hautacam, where he cut the line in fifth position. The Breton does not evolve in the same galaxy as Jonas Vingegaard or Tadej Pogacar, and not quite on the same planet as Geraint Thomas (but not far). “My fight was not Vingegaard, Pogacar or Thomas, he recalls. My fight was Nairo (Quintana) and the others“. This fight, he won it, dropping the Colombian on the final climb.

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As often, we saw in this last Pyrenean part a David Gaudu sometimes in the hard, but always with this ability not to panic and finish strong. “He’s an instinctive runner, he knows how to manage himself welljudge Marc Madiot, the manager of the Groupama-FDJ team. It doesn’t go into areas where it doesn’t need to explode. He was there, the team too. We saw good Gaudu today (Thursday) and a very good team around him.

The summary: Pogacar tried everything, crashed, then Vingegaard and the Jumbo wrung it out

Madiot: “It was great to live”

David Gaudu himself has often praised the work of his teammates, Valentin Madouas in the lead. This was the case more than ever on Thursday. “The hardest part was letting go of Nairo but I fell with a very great Valentin (Madouas) again, a very great Thibaut (Pinot)“, he underlines again. Madouas, now 12th overall, has again done a colossal job for his leader. Thibaut Pinot, who lamented the day before not “useless” for the team, did not give his share to the lions and, overall, Marc Madiot wanted to put everyone in the same bag of praise:

When we see that we have two in the breakaway and six in the yellow jersey group at the top of Aubisque, it’s still not bad for a small French team. It has to be said from time to time. We did a good job. Val’ (Madouas) waits at the foot of the last ascent for David. Thibaut, when he saw that he could no longer play for the win, he picked up to give David a hand too. There was a great involvement on the part of all the riders and the staff. It was great to live.”

So Groupama-FDJ will probably not win a stage, but the overall performance of Marc Madiot’s troops is indeed more than solid, to remain on a moderate note. Ditto for David Gaudu. “Apart from two Slovenians, there is something to play“, pleaded Madiot at the start of Copenhagen. He was a Slovenian and a Dane, or the reverse, moreover, but in the idea, he was not wrong to aim for the podium. a Welshman close to achieving this goal which many considered far too ambitious.Three weeks later, there is no more reason to sneer.

No day without, no notable failure and an ability to surpass himself in adversity, the Finisterian has turned a corner on this Tour. “There are days when things go well, others when you just have to give up your strengthhe raises. We do not realize the intensity of the effort to finish fourth in the Tour. I am proud of this place. I am told that this is the best result for a Frenchman since 2017 and the level continues to increase“He’s right. Some fourth places are worth podiums. This one is not far from being one of them.

David Gaudu at Hautacam.

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