Sepp Kuss of Colorado Wins a Stage at Tour de France–

Courtesy of the Guardian

Sepp Kuss, of the Jumbo-Visma team, won stage 15 of the Tour de France, from Ceret to Andorra-La-Vieille, after a 32-rider breakaway broke up on the final climbs of the Port d’Envalira and the first category Col de Bexailis.

The 26-year-old Coloradan, who lives in Andorra during the season, held off the pursuing veteran, Alejandro Valverde, of the Movistar team, on the final descent, to take a career-first win in the Tour.Tour de France 2021: Sepp Kuss surges to win on stage 15 – as it happenedRead more

Alejandro Valverde (left) congratulates the stage winner Sepp Kuss in Andorra la Vella. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AP

“I’m lost for words,” Kuss said. “To be honest, I’ve really suffered a lot in this Tour. I just didn’t feel I had the spice in the legs. Today I knew it was finishing where I live and I was really motivated.”

Kuss, a former winner of the mountainous Tour of Utah, has always been at home at altitude as his father was a well-known US national ski coach. He studied English Literature in Boulder before racing in the world championships as a mountain biker, prior to moving into road racing and joining Jumbo-Visma as a climbing lieutenant to Primoz Roglic.

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