Sepp Kuss charged to a first Grand Tour stage victory in the Vuelta a España on Sunday, announcing himself on the biggest stage of all. The climber from Durango, Colorado was able to kick clear of the breakaway on stage 15 to Santuario del Acebo.
You might remember that Kuss was scheduled to ride the Amgen Tour of California this year in support of George Bennett, only to get pulled into the Giro d’Italia squad at the last moment. It wasn’t the most successful of races for the young American, so this victory in Asturias, one of Spain’s most remote and mountainous regions, is a real redemption story.
So assured was his performance, in the closing meters Kuss even had time to post up for a high five with fans on the roadside.
Speaking afterwards, Kuss told media “It's a pretty big win, I think. I can't really grasp it yet, but it's an incredible day.”
The hard work is not over yet though as Kuss rides in support of team leader Primož Roglič. The Slovenian is in prime position to take his maiden Grand Tour GC win and Sepp will be vital in the challenging final week in Spain to ensure glory for his Jumbo-Visma team.