Sepp Kuss celebrates on top of Santuario del Acebo in Vuelta a España
Sep 08 2019 11:45 pm CET

Sepp Kuss celebrates on top of Santuario del Acebo in Vuelta a España
Sepp Kuss celebrates on top of Santuario del Acebo in Vuelta a España
Team Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss has taken an impressive victory in the 15th stage of the Vuelta a España. Primoz Roglic remains in the lead of the General Classification.

The first of the two closing mountain stages of the second week of the Spanish grand tour was 154.4 kilometres long between Tineo and the Santuario del Acebo over a route that featured four climbs of the first category, including the mountain finish. There were many breakaway attempts in the first kilometres until a group of six managed to get away from a chase group while the peloton maintained a steady rhythm.

The group in front changed members along the way until Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data), Dani Navarro (Katusha-Alpecin) and Sergio Simitier (Euskadi-Murias) were left alone just after the last descent of the day and had some chasers close by. At around 16 kilometres to go, Samitier launched an attack while his companions joined the chasers.

Close to the six-kilometre mark, Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss caught Samitier and left him behind right away, taking the lead by himself. Meanwhile, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) launched a strong attack and was only followed by the leader of the General Classification Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

Jakob Fuglsang led the group that included his Astana teammate Miguel Ángel López, Tadej Pogacar, Rafal Majka and Nairo Quintana, trying to avoid a big time loss to Valverde and Roglic. Around one kilometre later, the rhythm of the Dane left Quintana struggling behind.

Kuss celebrated with the public on the last metres of the stage and crossed the finish line on his own. Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) finished in the second and third positions, respectively. Roglic and Valverde arrived to the end two minutes and 14 seconds behind the American of Jumbo-Visma while López and Pogacar crossed the line two minutes and 55 seconds behind the stage winner.

The overall gap between the Slovenian of Jumbo-Visma and the Spaniard of Movistar remains two minutes and 25 seconds, while Pogacar is three minutes and 42 seconds behind, López is at three minutes and 59 seconds and Quintana is at five minutes and nine seconds.




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