From 'mailman' to maillot rojo: Sepp Kuss becomes first American to win a Grand Tour in a decade

Kuss is also second American ever to win La Vuelta

Jumbo Visma
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Rolling from the start line of the processional Stage 21 arm-in-arm with Jumbo-Visma leaders Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič, American Sepp Kuss continued to celebrate his unexpected win of 2023 Vuelta a España on Sunday, Sept. 17. 

The celebration started at the end of Stage 20 on Saturday and continued the next day with a reception of an all-red "GC Kuss" race bike and plenty of media fanfare. In winning the Vuelta, Kuss became the first American to win a Grand Tour in a decade, and the second American ever to win the Spanish tour. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years. 

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