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.