With a light stomach, he found his wings. David Gaudu walked his 53 kg in the ascent of the Col du Portet, this Wednesday, like a kid of 24, mischievous and hopping. To the point of cutting the line in the wake of the eagles of the day, and the first of them, with the yellow plumage, Tadej Pogacar.
Fourth at 1′19 ′ ‘from the winning trio, he dropped all the others. Enough to restore to his piercing eye the brilliance of peak hunters. Wrapped up in a terry towel, to avoid another cold snap, the young leader of Groupama-FDJ let his flashback filter out. “The stage started slower than I thought, so it allowed me to recover from the previous day’s efforts (Editor’s note: he finished 9th after a long breakaway), he explains. Pogacar and the others were stronger. I have no regrets. I climbed to my hand. I’m happy because I really belong. I had difficult times in Ventoux (Editor’s note: Thursday July 8) with my stomach problems, but it’s been a lot better for a few days. “
“I like the third weeks of the big tours”
His disillusions, his lost ambitions now seem to be old memories forever gone. The page is turned. And even if there are not many lines left to write in the album of this Tour promised to the Slovenian runner, the pocket climber believes in his star, which he will have to win this Thursday on the heights of Luz-Ardiden (Hautes -Pyrenees), after the ascent of the famous Tourmalet. “I like the third week of the big tours,” said the Breton. And again, it is confirmed. I am very motivated. The Tourmalet is a place steeped in history, but also good memories for us (Editor’s note: he had done an impressive job for the triumph of his leader Thibaut Pinot in 2019). »
Here he is also at the gates of the Top 10 (11th at 15′42 ′ ‘from Pogacar and 2′49 ′’ from Bilbao, 10th in the general classification), despite all the time spent at Mont Ventoux. “I don’t know if it’s a goal, we’ll do the accounts tomorrow (this Thursday), because I risk losing a lot in the time trial on Saturday, ”slips David Gaudu, his mind fixed on the top of the Tourmalet.