Kuss can climb

Kuss can climb; Vos can corner; the Vuelta’s twins: Daily News Digest by CyclingTips

August 14, 2018

Photography by Cor Vos

WELCOME TO YOUR DAILY NEWS DIGEST. HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:

It was Sepp Kuss’ week to shine in Utah, Marianne Vos showed the world how to corner, and the Yates brothers are both heading to the Vuelta. Plus, a backflip.

STORY OF THE DAY: SEPP KUSS THE CLIMBER

Sepp Kuss didn’t need to attack up Empire Pass, the final climb of the final stage of the Tour of Utah, but he did anyway. It was a final stamp of authority on a race that the 23-year-old controlled from the first moments the peloton turned skyward to the very last. By the end of the week, he had three stage wins and the overall victory. Nobody could climb with Kuss.

That included the likes of Jack Haig, Mitchelton-Scott’s young climbing protegé, who showed his talents at this year’s Giro d’Italia. Kuss also dispatched the BMC duo of Tejay van Garderen, fresh off a disappointing Tour de France and eyeing redemption at the Vuelta, and Brent Bookwalter. EF Education First climbers Joe Dombrowski, Hugh Carthy, and Mike Woods tried to break Kuss numerous times.

It’s been a steady trajectory for Kuss, who hails from the mountain bike mecca of Durango, Colorado, where ski trails are named after his pioneering father. Sepp, a former cross-country ski racer, made his first waves on a mountain bike and then transitioned to road racing in 2016, winning the queen stage of the Redlands Classic. That led to a year with Rally Cycling, 2nd place at the Tour of Alberta and 6th at the Colorado Classic, and then a contract with LottoNL-Jumbo. After a slow start to this season and a disappointing Tour of California, Utah was a confirmation of something his early days on a mountain bike suggested: Kuss can climb with some of the best in the world.

The win in Utah punched his ticket to the Vuelta a Espana, according to VeloNews. It will be his first grand tour.

 

he Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah (2.HC)
Stage 6  »  Park City › Park City

1 KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo  3:09:22

2 BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team  0:08

3 HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott,,

4 CARTHY HughTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  0:27

5 SWIRBUL KeeganJelly Belly p/b Maxxis  0:28

6 HERMANS BenIsrael Cycling Academy  0:38

7 DOMBROWSKI JoeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  0:43

8 VILLALOBOS HERNANDEZ LuisAevolo  1:14

9 BROWN NathanTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,

10 CONCI NicolaTrek - Segafredo  1:15