He achieved the very best French efficiency total since 2017. At 25, David Gaudu, the Breton climber for Groupama-FDJ explains how his fourth place in the Tour de France 2022 the “motivated to intention even greater” in an interview with AFP, earlier than the departure of the last stage, Sunday July 24.
Wanting again, how do you analyze this fourth place? What does it change to your ambitions for the longer term?
David Gaudu : It was the primary time that I used to be clearly the chief, with a workforce 100% devoted to me. This check is profitable. I managed to be with the very best climbers on this planet, the gratin of the gratin, and that offers me confidence for the longer term. The very fact of by no means having given up reveals that the technique put in place was the correct one.
Normally I climb till it explodes. There, it was pure to take my prepare within the climbs. I used to be additionally fortunate to have the ability to depend on an enormous workforce, together with Valentin (Madouas), the 4×4 (laughs). Now the arduous half is confirming. But it surely motivates me to proceed to progress, to intention even greater.
— David Gaudu (@DavidGaudu) July 21, 2022
Higher, it’s Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar. While you see their degree, does it scare you or encourage you?
It motivates. In fact, they’re stronger than us. However we noticed Pogacar having a craving on the Granon stage. Nobody is immune. It evokes me to work even tougher and attempt to meet up with them. If I’ll get there? I do know completely nothing about it. However I’ll attempt.
What are your important areas of progress and your schedule for the approaching months?
We’ve got labored loads on the time trial and we are going to proceed to take action. At this time, to be a brilliant runner, it’s a must to be good in every single place. Have a look at Pogacar: final yr, he wins the Tour de France et Liege-Bastogne-Liegethe 2 races that make me dream.
As for my program, I’ll do some criteriums and subsequent Saturday, I will be on the San Seb’ [Clasica San Sebastian]. After, I have no idea. The world championships [en septembre en Australie], undecided I am there. I’ve no information from Thomas Voeckler [sélectionneur de l’équipe de France].