Sepp Kuss, one of the top prospects on the US men’s road team, withdraws his name from consideration for the Tokyo Olympics.
Kuss posted an Instagram post on Thursday confirming that he was withdrawing his name from the two-driver US male road contingent contention for the August Olympics.
Kuss cited the upcoming Tour de France and Vuelta a España goals as a priority ahead of the one-day race in Japan.
“After much thought and discussion with the US Olympic Selection Committee, I want to let you know that I decline to be considered for the US Olympic Road Team for Tokyo,” Kuss wrote. “My goals and priorities for the year focus on other events. I will have a busy summer in the Tour de France and Vuelta España, so it’s important to take the time between these races and be ready for my main goals for the season.
The move reflects Kuss’s growing profile in his professional home in Jumbo-Visma.
Not only is he already one of the most important climbers on the team’s much-loved list of the Tour – where he’ll ride to help Primož Roglič – Kuss will likely see a GC tilt at the Vuelta.
His decision also reflects different priorities for the best WorldTour pros, who often put their professional obligations ahead of races like the Olympics or world championships.
Kuss had previously questioned aloud about the viability of adapting the long trip to Japan during a global pandemic in what is going to be a critical summer for both his team and his personal trajectory.
Kuss is currently in altitude training in Spain, and returns to competition at the Critérium du Dauphiné at the end of May.