Gaudu’s Tour de France GC hopes evaporate in heat before Mont Ventoux

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David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) riding alongside his teammate as he falls down the standings on Mont Ventoux (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

There couldn’t have been a much worse stage to suffer from a bad day on the Tour de France this year than stage 11, with its double ascent of Mont Ventoux, and 24-year-old French hope David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) was left counting the hefty price of his day of suffering.

Before the stage Gaudu was sitting in tenth place, seven minutes behind leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) but just two minutes away from the podium. After the stage he had slumped to  fifteenth, with those podium places now more than 25 minutes away and that former top ten position a distant 20 minutes off.

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