American neo-pro Sepp Kuss impressing in unexpected Grand Tour debut at Vuelta a España

The LottoNL-Jumbo rider says the Spanish Grand Tour is a 'huge change' from his time with American team Rally

Sepp Kuss on stage 14 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

American Sepp Kuss is one of a handful of riders debuting in a grand tour at the Vuelta a España, but he made the switch from small continental Team Rally Cycling in the US to go to the top in Europe. And he is pulling at the front of the mountains for his LottoNL-Jumbo leaders.

The "huge change" came about this year when he proved himself at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Dutch WorldTour team put the Colorado native on the long list due to illnesses in the team. He then won three stages and the overall the Tour of Utah.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.