Seventh Wednesday at the top of the Mur de Huy on the Flèche Wallonne, David Gaudu lines up this Sunday full of ambitions in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Sixth in the Oldest Classics in 2019, the young Breton climber appreciates his rugged route and his 11 difficulties spread over a 259-kilometer route, including the famous coasts of La Redoute and La Roche-aux-Faucons.
How do you feel cold about your 7th place on Wednesday on the Flèche Wallonne?
In 2017 I made ninth. So Wednesday I was happy. There might have been a top 5 to go for if I hadn’t caught a wave on the climb, but with “ifs” we would bottle Paris. The seventh place is there at the finish, the plan was to be placed all day on this series of small bumps before the final on Huy. Rudy Molard with his experience did a great job to put me back against the wall. I arrived at the bottom serene.
What do you think you missed to be in the match with Alaphilippe, Roglic and Valverde?
The 3 were above, especially Primoz and Julian on the finish line when they squirted 350 meters I couldn’t follow. Maybe I made a mistake at 300 meters trying to take the opening on the left and we dabble a bit with Mauri Vansevenant when Roglic attacks. But I wanted to take the lead. My legs were on fire and I was almost full. I’m just missing watts.
What are your ambitions for Liège Bastogne Liège?
It is the “Doyenne”, one of the most beautiful of the year with the Redoute and the Roche-aux-Faucons as justices of the peace. I already made sixth there so if we can try to scratch places above it would be good. I spent a cap on the Tour of the Basque Country (he won the queen stage on the pedal, editor’s note) but I also hope to pass a cap on the classics. These are races that I love where you have to know how to rub and be well placed and I can’t wait to be Sunday in Liège. I am increasing the pressure on this week in the Ardennes in general. The Amstel I was a cut below. On the Arrow, I was at my level. I hope that I will be good, even excellent in Liège. It remains a monument of 260 kilometers, so it will be necessary to be present when the strong ones go to attack.
Is there a favorite that stands out?
There isn’t a single favorite, there are favorites. I think the UAE Emirates team will be revenge after having had to forfeit the Flèche Wallonne (due to positive tests for Covid-19, Editor’s note), Primoz Roglic will want to keep his title, Alaphilippe will want to win the Dean with the world champion jersey. We must not forget Valverde, or the Ineos team. So there are a lot of favorites that can play in the finale.