Sepp Kuss ruled out of Tour de France after run-in with Covid

The Visma-Lease a bike star, who is key support for Jonas Vingegaard, is replaced by Bart Lemmen

Sepp Kuss at the Volta a Catalunya 2024
(Image credit: Getty Images / David Ramos)

Sepp Kuss has been ruled out of the Visma-Lease a bike Tour de France squad, having failed to recover sufficiently from a bout of Covid, the team announced today.

It means the team's defending Tour champion Jonas Vingegaard will be without his key lieutenant in the all-important big mountain stages.

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