Vuelta a España - David Gaudu: It means a lot to me and I hope it is only the start
Nov 01 2020 05:51 am CET

Vuelta a España - David Gaudu: It means a lot to me and I hope it is only the start
Vuelta a España - David Gaudu: It means a lot to me and I hope it is only the start
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Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu has taken the victory of the eleventh season at the Vuelta a España, his first win in a grand tour.

The Frenchman was part of the breakaway of the day along his teammate Bruno Armirail and the pair worked hard to remain in front despite the toughness of the climbs of the day. During the last climb, Armirail pulled very hard for Gaudu to make a selection and at the end the rider could follow the decisive move of Movistar's Marc Soler.

On the last metres of the stage, the Frenchman attacked and managed to create a gap big enough to raise his arms and let out a big shout of relief and celebration. "In the bus this morning, we considered that I would go up front, and that Bruno would come with me," explained Gaudu. "We managed to channel Bruno the right way in order that he could be useful in the finale. He did a huge job and completely sacrificed himself for me. At some point he came to tell me that he’s taking his last turn, then he dropped back... but he came back again! I can say a big thank you to him today."

"I know I have a lot of punch, that I’m doing very well in this kind of finish. When Marc Soler attacked 500 meters from the finish, I saw that he sat down quite quickly with the headwind. I waited for the last 150 meters and gave it my all. I saw he was dropped with 75 meters to go and I understood that I got it. From then on, it was just about happiness."

The moment after he crossed the finish line, emotions found their way out of Gaudu's body. "It was a scream of relief because I had been struggling for a few days," the rider commented. "It was also a difficult season, we really struggled for three months, and we failed at the Tour de France. We came on this Vuelta with a very combative spirit, and even if Thibaut (Pinot) had to abandon, we remained united and committed since the start.

"Today, I wasn’t necessarily feeling very well at the start but I ended up winning here. It’s something exceptional. I got my first WorldTour victory last year. Today, I took my first win on a Grand Tour, at the top of a mountain moreover. This is a first for me, and I did not do it ahead of just anybody. It means a lot to me and I hope it is only the start. Anyway, this is also a reward for the whole team for their work from the start of the Vuelta."




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