Critérium du Dauphiné – David Gaudu: “Just that Van Aert does not fit”

The 4th stage of Dauphine Criterium was the first big meeting for the riders in the general classification this Wednesday, with a c31.9 kilometer time trial between Montbrison and La Bâtie d’Urfé. An exercise that the French could fear david gaudu (Groupama-FDJ). The Breton finally took 23rd place, 1’59” from the world champion Filippo Gana (INEOS Grenadiers), a satisfactory performance in view of its foreseen progress on the Algarve Tour in February. Left two minutes ahead Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma), the native of Quimper managed to keep a few meters ahead of the line. “Small successful bet“, slipped all smiles after the arrival, the one who had already won his duel with the Yellow Jersey for victory the day before.

Video – David Gaudu 23rd 1’59” behind Filippo Ganna on the 4th stage

“I didn’t care about the time at the finish, I just wanted Wout van Aert not to come in!”

I gave my all, I gave my maximum“, has followed david gaudubefore returning to his match in the match with the Belgian.Already, Wout van Aert did not return, he was not far from passing me on the line. I was told that he was starting to come back on the final, that he was only a few seconds away in the last kilometers. So I put everything on, I said to myself: “He mustn’t come in”. I didn’t care about the weather on arrival, I just wanted it not to fit (Laughs) !

Above all, the 25-year-old climber limited the breakage rather well on his rivals for the general standings, conceding only 1’17” and 47″ respectively on Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma). “I had a good feeling, there were parts that weren’t necessarily to my advantage, with these long straights that require strength. I think I’m doing a very decent time, I’m pretty happy. The one in the Algarve suited me perhaps a little better, whereas there it was really nothing but bullshit. It is sure that it validates my work in chrono, in particular on the position. I’m not the fastest climber on this exercise. I progress gradually over the years“.

“A good omen for this weekend”

Now 12th overall at 2’03” behind Wout Van Aert, david gaudu can be ambitious before tackling his favorite terrain this weekend, the mountains. “We always recover better after a victory. It’s not bad and it bodes well for this weekend. I’m still in the game. Until then we will have to stay focused and see how it goes. Why not put some breakaway riders in front and try to get a win. The pace is good, it validates the course we did. Now, on to this weekend, I can’t wait to be there!

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