Sepp Kuss bounces off crash, Tour de France penalty

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Thursday was a good day of recovery for Sepp Kuss of Durango at the Tour de France.Stage 6 went smoothly for the American on Team Jumbo-Visma. This happened a day after he fell and was then given a 20 second penalty for illegally receiving supplies in the last 20 kilometers of the stage when he took a bottle. It was the same offense that knocked race leader Julian Alaphillippe out of the leader’s yellow jersey and gave it to Adam Yates. Carlos Verona also received the same penalty.

Kuss, 25, and Jumbo-Visma put Wednesday’s misfortune behind them and rode safely to the finish at Stage 6 with their eyes on the tougher days ahead in the mountains this weekend. end before the first of the two days of rest on Monday.

“There’s so much to come later in the race,” Kuss said in a post-stage interview with NBC Sports. “A step like this makes it hard to win too much.”

Wednesday’s crash and penalty were no problem for Kuss. His job is not to try to win the Tour de France but to help his teammates Primož Roglic and Tom Dumoulin compete for the yellow jersey. Jumbo-Visma had no problem keeping these two in the top 10 overall on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kuss would finish 150th in Wednesday’s stage, 4:50 off the winning time of teammate Wout van Aert, who won a sprint to give the team their second stage victory in as many days after Kuss had prepared Roglic for a Stage 4 victory on Tuesday.

Thursday’s stage 6 ended with the ascent of Mont Aigoual. An early breakaway squad that included EF Pro Cycling’s American Neilson Powless would escape the field, and Jumbo-Visma and his rival Ineos Grenadiers didn’t show much interest in trying to catch up with the breakaway riders, who were all well behind in the standings. .

While Alexey Lutsenko of the Astana Pro Team would ride solo to the finish in 4 hours, 32 minutes and 34 seconds, the Jumbo-Visma riders maintained their position safely in the peloton. Dumoulin finished 15th, 2:53 behind Lutsenko. Roglic finished 21st at the same time to stay in second place overall, three seconds behind Yates.Kuss would finish the stage in 43rd, 3:06 behind. He took 38th place overall, 7:52 behind Yates.

“It was a good day,” Kuss said. “I think it was a perfect day for the breakaway. The breakaway group was made up of very strong riders. Even if the teams were really motivated to race, I think it would have been difficult to bring them back. But yes, we stayed together. In the end, I tried to save energy and wait for the more difficult days to come.

Friday’s seventh stage will feature a significant climb in the first half of the day before a descent and a flat finish in Lavaur. The 90 mile stage will end with a great sprint. Saturday and Sunday, mountain climbs in the Pyrenees before Monday’s rest day.

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