From Boulder to the Grand Boucle, how far can Sepp Kuss go?

Sepp Kuss has quickly established himself as one of the peloton’s best climbers. Peter Cossins investigates the American’s rise from obscurity

Jumbo-Visma at the Tour de France 2020 (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Although Jumbo-Visma ultimately came up just short at the Tour de France in their quest to capture the yellow jersey as a consequence of Tadej Pogačar’s astonishing coup in the La Planche des Belles Filles time trial, no one could question the Dutch team’s dominance in almost every other phase of the race. Their supremacy was particularly evident in the mountains, where team leader Primoz Roglič and his cohort of domestiques were in control throughout, with Wout van Aert and Sepp Kuss indisputably their star performers.

Three-time world cyclo-cross champion and winner this year of Milan-Sanremo, Van Aert needs little introduction. Kuss, though, is not as well known. Four years ago, the American, was studying advertising at the University of Colorado in Boulder and was primarily a mountain biker. Yet, over the course of a season and a half with the Rally Cycling team and three more with Jumbo-Visma, the 26-year old has emerged as one of the pre-eminent climbers in the sport. His talent in the mountains is so impressive that several rival teams are rumoured to be interested in securing his services when his current deal runs out at the end of next season.

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