Sepp Kuss reigns in the Pyrenees in Tour de France
Jul 11 2021 11:45 pm CET

Sepp Kuss reigns in the Pyrenees in Tour de France
Sepp Kuss reigns in the Pyrenees in Tour de France
Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss has taken the victory of the Pyrenees stage in the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar has defended his GC lead.

The 15th stage of the French race was 191.3 kilometres long between Céret and Andorre-La-Vieille with three climbs of the first category in the Pyrenees. A group of 32 riders formed the escape of the day and included names like Julian Alaphilippe, Steven Kruijswijk, Sepp Kuss, Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Wout van Aert, Thomas De Gendt and Wout Poels, among others.

In the peloton, UAE Team Emirates and Ineos Grenadiers took the lead of the pack to control the speed. During the ascent of the col d'Envalira -the penultimate one- Quintana launched an attack and rode solo for some kilometres while the chasers group got smaller with the toughness of the terrain, while in the pack the favourites' pack also got smaller until only around 18 riders remained.

With 32 kilometres to go, the chasers reeled the Colombian back, and there were attacks in the front that made that group even smaller. Five kilometres before the last summit, Kuss made a move and went on by himself and on the descent, only Valverde was chasing him.

From the favourites' group there were attacks of riders like Rigoberto Uran and Richard Carapaz, who were trying to take advantage of Tadej Pogacar's solitude, but he was able to follow each one of them.

The American rider of Jumbo-Visma arrived to the finale by himself and took his first victory in La Grande Boucle. Valverde and Poels completed the top three of the day.

Pogacar maintains the lead of the General Classification. All the first spots of the overall standings have climbed one position, after Guillaume Martin lost seven and dropped to the seventh place.



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