David Gaudu, June 23, in Hazebrouck, in the North. GARNIER ETIENNE/SPORTS PRESS
NARRATIVE – Fourth in the Grande Boucle 2022, the Breton climber, leader of the Groupama-FDJ team, wants to go higher.
The Tour shines, sometimes burns the eyes and the wings. And, as at Roland-Garros, the queen event of the calendar shines a blinding light on the French runners. Their hopes and their limits. Four days before the big departure from Bilbao, in the shadow of the duel announced between the Dane Jonas Vingegaard (winner in 2022) and the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (winner in 2020 and 2021), several Tricolores hope to sneak in and compete for the places of honor in the general clification: Romain Bardet (DSM), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and above all David Gaudu, leader of a Groupama-FDJ team built to accompany his desires for the podium.
He rocks: “Pogacar And Vingegaard may be untouchable, but no one is immune to weakness. You have to know how to seize opportunities. Round (1er-July 23) will be played every day. This Tour will leave no rest. There will be no steps to recover. I like the course, it is cut for pure climbers (8 mountain stages with 4 finishes…