David Gaudu had a tough day on Thursday on the 3rd stage of the Burgos Tower. The leader of the Groupama-FDJ was the victim of a mechanical problem just before the edging, and he had to whip to get into the peloton. Coming back shortly before the final bump thanks to the help of his teammates, he then experienced a heatstroke – it was almost 40 degrees – and ended up outside the top 20, very far from the winner Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick Step).
Tour de Burgos 2020 – Evenepoel wins stage 3
Too bad for the Frenchman who could hope for much better on this arrival at the top of the White Picon. “In a slightly open section with the wind, I went up the peloton very strongly with Miles Scotson and Ignatas Konovalovas. I felt really good, I felt I had strength. Then there was a little wave, I hit a wheel and it broke mine. I have to wait for the car, and knowing that we were in 18e position in line, it took a little while. I left very, very far. Jacopo Guarnieri first waited for me with Miles. We were able to go up group by group and then the whole team gathered around me to try to bridge the gap. The guys frankly did a huge job. I thank them because without them I would not have been there at the foot of the last bump. I’m sorry for the guys because they burned out cartridges in sprint standby. It’s a day to forget. We’re lacking a little luck and we hope it will turn out“, has explained Gaudu on his team’s website.
“The race went wrong for us. At the time of the big blow of force and the curbs, David breaks his front wheel. He was relegated very, very far. We then had to bring down all the others because it was our only chance for the arrival of the day “, regretted the sports director Frédéric Guesdon. “Ensuite David was not at his best. I was next to him for the last few kilometers. I think he got hot, that’s what he told me anyway. He asked us for cold water, we had to water it three times. This may explain it. It is true that it was hot all day, always around 37-38 ° C. With the stake, he was also caught in the race during the curbs. He has probably risen a bit, he hasn’t had much time to water himself or drink, and when he reached the foot of the bump, he exploded. “
News from David Gaudu: our climber was forced to change bikes due to a mechanical problem just before the start of the curbs. Coming back very strong in the peloton with Miles and Ignatas, he was then taken with a heat stroke in the ascent. pic.twitter.com/3sOJAOnna8
– Groupama-FDJ Cycling Team (@GroupamaFDJ) July 30, 2020