Sepp Kuss, Jumbo-Visma safely through stage 2 of the Tour de France

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Sepp Kuss of Durango tackled the first day of climbing of the Tour de France without a problem on Sunday in Nice, France.The 115.5-mile Stage 2 route featured two major climbs. Jumbo-Visma team leaders Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin each finished just two seconds behind stage winner Julian Alaphilippe. Dumoulin overcame a fall to finish 22nd, while Roglic finished 31st.

The Jumbo-Visma team rallied well to support Dumoulin. George Bennett finished 41st, 1:16 behind the winning time, while Kuss finished 45th, 2:09 behind. Wout van Aert, who fell back to help Dumoulin, finished 46th alongside Kuss.

Robert Gesink turned the stage lap for Jumbo-Visma, leading the peloton over long portions of the stage. He finished 64th after his effort, 8:41 back.

“Tom’s crash was a bit of a shame for us. As a result, we lost Wout, who helped Tom get back on track, ”Jumbo-Visma director Frans Maassen said in a press release. “I don’t think we could have competed for the stage victory because there was no one left to run behind these three. But the plan was to finish in the first group with Primoz and Tom, and we did it. We were in control all day and we didn’t do anything crazy. So in that regard, the scene went well.

Dumoulin and Roglic are right in the overall standings mix, just 17 seconds from Alaphilippe. Kuss is in 42nd place, 2:24 back.

Kuss played a key role alongside Bennett, Gesink and Van Aert, in an early breakaway group at the start of the Col d’Eze climb. The Jumbo-Visma riders continued to keep a high pace for the rest of the course.

Monday’s third stage will take the riders from Nice to Sisteron. It is 123 miles in length and features an early climb to moderate inclines before a descent and a mostly flat finish.

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