Sunday March 3rd, 2013

PrologueHouilles / Houilles

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Damien Gaudin: "It's just mad"

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In the pro ranks for the past six seasons, Damien Gaudin, 26, had never made it on the top of the podium. The Frenchman made it clear he had prepared especially for this prologue to emulate his Europcar team-mates, very prolific so far this year.

What kind of an emotion is this?

It's my first win a s a pro. It's just mad. I've been waiting for this fir six years. Every year at the end of the season, I was telling myself. It went well, only a win is missing.

Did you prepare especially for this prologue?

I'm doing pretty well this season, the whole team does, so much so that the team directors struggled to pick a team for Paris-Nice. They put a little bit of pressure on me, asking me to come with the prologue in  mind. Since my second place in the Tour of Luxembourg prologue two years ago, I was looking for a great result in this discipline.

Did your track experience help?

It's a dream. I'm a several times French pursuit champion and I know how to prepare for this type of efforts. I took many risks because I knew there was something to do today since Fabian Cancellara or Lars Boom were not here.

Are you going to fight for the yellow jersey?

Now I count on my mates to help me keep this jersey for a while. I can tell you one thing. I won't have it in Nice, but I'll hold it tomorrow at the start, and hopefully at the finish."

The interview in video

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Damien Gaudin : "It's mad"

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The news in pictures

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