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David Gaudu, climber French in the future?

David Gaudu, climber French in the future?

Before you make a name for himself in the pros, David Gaudu has won almost all of the biggest racing fans during its early years. Photo AFP Photo HD Before you make a name for himself in the pros, David Gaudu has won almost all of the biggest racing fans during its early years. Photo AFP

the attack in the Mur de Huy, David Gaudu has succeeded in his entry at the age of 20, in the great court to the point that the future opens wide for the young Breton, the last nugget in date of the French cycling after his performance and the 9th place finish of the Flèche Wallonne.

“Great !”, exclaimed the Tour director Christian Prudhomme, who saw Wednesday for the first time the Finistérien of the FDJ. “Thierry Gouvenou (race director of the Tour) had told me after having followed him during his victory in the last Round of the Future: “he is different””.

physical and mental Abilities

“It is calibrated to the mountain,” says Marc Madiot. The neo-pro “a power-weight ratio,” exceptional”, in the opinion of the general manager of team FDJ, which refers to the physiological qualities of its rider. With 53 kg (1.73 m), it is even lighter than the Colombian Nairo Quintana (58 kg) and Esteban Chaves (54 kg), while displaying a larger size.

as his V02 max of 92ml/min/kg, or their maximum oxygen intake during exercise, an essential criterion of the performance, is governed by the supernatural to believe Fred Bunch, the director of the performance of the JDF, which has entrusted Eurosport “never saw it”.

beyond The numbers, Gaudu has above all a “mental fitness”, highlights Madiot: “When he was come in the course, we had seen that it was a climber. I understood that there was something else when it is rubbed to the pros last year. Mentally, he does not doubt anything. It is in the discovery, the spontaneity, such as Thibaut (Pinot) to his arrival in the pros.”

Its weak point : the against-the-shows

But do believe that David Gaudu is the one who will be the successor to Bernard Hinault won the Tour de France would be going a bit hasty. “He has only 20 years, he needs to take the power”, stressed Madiot who wants to calm the game around his prodigy : “On the technical side, they need to understand the race. And he starts from zero in the chronos.”

In march, during his first race-level WorldTour (Tour of Catalonia), Gaudu has found the second against-the-shows by teams, he had raced only once as a junior. “There has never been a time-trial bike at home !”, exclaims the manager of the FDJ which distinguishes a big flaw in the training of young French riders: “We have young talent, but they have technical deficiencies that require two-three years of work to do with them.”

“Generation lucky”

Gaudu will not be aligned in a grand tour of three weeks in 2017, perhaps even 2018. “I want to be working all the weak points,” says the manager of the French team.

The deal, for the last-born of the young class, French is to belong to a generation of talent. “It is in the same situation as Latour or Calmejane, estimated Madiot. All of them have the chance that Pinot, Bardet, Alaphilippe, Barguil, Démare, Bouhanni, are already in the field and bring results.” Christian Prudhomme does not say another thing: “there is a wonderful generation for business !”

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