Arnaud Démare (31) has been one of the signboards at Groupama-FDJ for eternity, David Gaudu (26) has been a coming man with the French WorldTour team for several years.
The French sprinter and French climber have different goals and don’t cross each other too much in their race schedule, but they should be teammates in the Tour de France next summer.
Although that is not immediately to Gaudu’s liking, according to chat conversations (on Discord a week ago) that were thrown into the public eye yesterday.
Gaudu indicates that he does not want Démare in the Tour and he apologized on Twitter this morning for that criticism.
“Problems that can occur in a team must remain internal. I apologize to the team and to Arnaud.”
With the French team they will clearly have to work on the group spirit. Gaudu opens up the conversation with several derogatory remarks, including a pun about Démare’s speed (or lack thereof). The duo apparently did not want to share a lift with each other either.
“The fact that we don’t talk and don’t race together much is an advantage. If he wants, I can say it to his face again. I’m not afraid of him.”
“He knows I don’t want him in the Tour. I already told him. The war is not over yet. We are on a crusade,” it still sounds without a filter.
Gaudu deleted his first reaction on Twitter, followed by a slightly modified reaction. “I should never have made those statements in public. My apologies for the team and Arnaud.”
At Ouest-France, team boss Marc Madiot says that he has already spoken with both ruffs and that the case has been classified for him.
Their relationship would not be disturbed. “The proof? They are at the start of Paris-Nice together.”
“They are not best friends, I agree, but I do not ask my riders that, but to work together.”
“I also have enough experience to know that you don’t necessarily race best whoever you have the best relationship with.”
He also mentions a “juvenile sin” of Gaudu. “If this causes problems, it’s up to me to solve them internally. I have faith in them.”