Sepp Kuss in the running for the Tour de France debut – VeloNews.com

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    Sepp Kuss est sur le point de faire ses débuts au Tour de France cette année pour ce qui sera une gamme Jumbo-Visma très profonde.

Jumbo-Visma officials confirmed Monday that 25-year-old Kuss is on the team’s shortlisted Tour de France list, and if things do not change, the ever-improving American rider will race when the rescheduled Tour starts on August 29 in Nice, France.

“He will be one of our main assistants in the difficult stages of the mountain,” said Jumbo-Visma sports director Grischa Niermann. VeloNews. “We are working to make sure he is fit for the Tour de France. ”

Jumbo-Visma officials have already revealed an ambitious team for the Tour 2020, with Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk ready to share the leadership. George Bennett was recently selected for the Tour team following health problems for Belgian climber Laurens De Plus (who has been linked to an agreement to join the Ineos team next season), along with Kuss, Tony Martin , Wout Van Aert and Robert Gesink who are expected to round up on the team’s “Tour Eight” for 2020.

The team is so determined to meet the challenge of the yellow jersey that it leaves its ace of sprinter Dylan Groenewegen, and lines up instead with a balanced team to face Team Ineos for the first place of the Tour.

The presence of Kuss on the start list for the Jumbo-Visma Tour – which will be Van Aert’s youngest two-day Tour team rider – reveals the team’s growing confidence in the Coloradan rock climbing protégé.

Kuss joined the Dutch team in 2018 and made his grand tour debut that year at Vuelta a España. Last year, he gained even more confidence in the team by running with Roglic at the Giro d’Italia, where the Slovenian finished third in the general classification, then at the Vuelta, which Roglic won in a dominant way . Kuss emerged as one of Roglic’s most consistent climbers in the mountains and crowned his performance at the Vuelta with a stage victory in stage 15, his first professional victory in Europe.

“In his good days, he is already a world class climber,” said Niermann. “And with its history in mountain biking and Nordic skiing, it will get even better with fewer years of road racing.”

Kuss will join his teammates in Tignes, France, for a high altitude training camp before returning to racing, with the Vuelta a Burgos (July 28-August 1) as the first race in Kuss’s revised 2020 calendar. The team’s Tour team will see the whole race before heading to the Tour in late August. In an interview last week, Kuss expressed his desire to continue advancing to the level of WorldTour.

“It is well placed to continue to grow and will be even better,” said Niermann. “He still has a lot to learn and he is still a young man. We have seen that he is often one of the last climbers there with only six runners left. ”

And he won’t have to worry about going back to Europe. Why? The Coloradan climber never left during the shutdown of the coronavirus.

While some of his compatriots have returned to the United States and are now afraid of being trapped there, Kuss has been curled up in Spain and will join his teammates Jumbo-Visma at their camp in the French Alps next week.

  

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