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Gaudu for the general, Pinot for the stages

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 19, 2020
Both injured on the first stage in Nice, Thibaut Pinot and his loyal lieutenant David Gaudu quickly saw their hopes dashed for the Tour de France. The Franc-Comtois finished in an anonymous 29th place, while the Breton was forced to retire during the 16th stage. Suffice to say that they will both be revenge on the Vuelta, which begins this Tuesday in the Basque Country, but unlike the Tour de France, Gaudu (24 years old) will be the leader of Groupama-FDJ, and Pinot (30 years old) will be there. for help. ” I wanted to be on the Vuelta because I did not want to end the year on the Tour de France, but I am not approaching this race with an objective of general classification, explains Thibaut Pinot, who will participate in his fourth Vuelta (7th in 2013, retirement in 2014, 6th in 2018 with two stage victories). The questions I have about my condition following the Tour de France mean that I will first try to find, over the days, feelings and an acceptable form to be able to play stage victories, rather in the second part of the race. I would also like to help David Gaudu and bring my experience to the whole team. We have a good group, I have confidence in the fact that we will succeed in getting results. “

Gaudu aims for the first step

For David Gaudu, however, it will be a great first on the Vuelta, and he dreams of shining from the first stage, with a finish at the top of a first-class pass: “I hope to achieve the best possible result on Tuesday, when arriving at Arrate which corresponds to my qualities. Then the idea will be to take this Vuelta step by step and see where it takes us, explains the winner of the Tour de l’Avenir 2016. The question of the general classification will be settled over the days, but first of all I’m curious to see my feelings on the first stage. I have already had the chance to play my card and get results in week-long races. I will try to approach this three week race the same way. »Philippe Mauduit, sporting director of Groupama-FDJ, has a lot of ambitions for his two riders. “Thibaut will be there with a certain freedom of action and maneuver. This edition of the Vuelta features a lot of rugged stages, it should largely find a terrain to its liking. As for David, he has done a lot of work since the Tour de France. It put him back in the saddle. He arrives in full possession of his means. We’re going to have to run each stage like it’s the last. If David succeeds in this, then logically he will be in contention to play the general classification. “. With four medium mountain stages and one high mountain stage during the first week, we should know more about the form of the two French people on Sunday after arriving at Tourmalet.