NIMES, France (VN) – Sepp Kuss keeps the best for the end of the Tour de France 2021.
The Colorado climber goes from the help of Primož Roglič to that of Jonas Vingegaard, the sensational Tour rookie who unexpectedly fights for the podium in Paris.
It was a double pleasure for Jumbo-Visma on Wednesday, with Wout van Aert winning the stage and Vingegaard turning the screw in Tadej Pogacar at the top of Mont Ventoux.
“The atmosphere was really good [at dinner] “Said Kuss VeloNews. “We were initially sad to lose Tony [Martin] to a crash, but already with Wout with the stage victory, which was incredible. It was cool to hear on the radio how he was doing and the director cheering him on, and with Jonas killing everyone. We have a lot to look forward to. “
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The big win was just what the team needed after losing Primož to injury in the first week. The team also lost Robert Gesink and Tony Martin in crashes, leaving just five riders in an attempt to bring the Tour Vingegaard rookie to Paris within reach of the podium.
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Kuss said Jumbo-Visma didn’t want to put too much pressure on the young Dane, who reached a new level this spring with a high-profile winning streak yet.
“We just want him to stay calm and take each day as it comes,” Kuss said. “If he has the same legs, he can do a lot even in week three, but it’s his first Tour, so we don’t want to put too much pressure on him. “
As van Aert, heading to the Olympics, promises to roll to Paris, the Belgian can try to win the final time trial, help push some stage finals and provide Vingegaard with a big engine. .
“If Wout thinks about it, he can do anything,” Kuss said. “With Jonas, we always knew he was really strong, and when he’s changed something in his mind that he can really go for it, he’s unstoppable. It’s nice to see.
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Vingegaard put Pogacar under pressure at the top of Ventoux and climbed to third place in the overall standings on Wednesday.
Does Kuss see a flaw in the armor of the yellow jersey?
“We’ll see, it’s just one day among many, and he needs to assess his efforts as well,” Kuss said. “He’s human – we all are. “
“I feel good, not amazing, you can’t do magical things,” Kuss said at the start on Thursday. ” We’ll see. There are a lot of tough stages ahead so hopefully I will feel better, but I’m not stressed out about it.