Last Sunday (10), in a press conference, before the rest day of the Vuelta a Espana, Sepp Kuss stated that he is increasingly improving and is willing to remain in the leading position in the matches. At the end of the second week, the cyclist maintains control of the competition.
“I reached the second week with better feelings and I’m feeling better than the first week, so I’m improving. It was a very intense second week, but mainly on terrain that I like, so it wasn’t as difficult as the first”, said the cyclist.
The phase before the rest caused great fatigue for the athlete as the climbs up the Navarra Hills, located in the north of Spain, caused several UAE Team Emirates competitors to show a positive performance. However, Jumbo-Visma team communication between Sepp Kuss, Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic managed to reverse the team’s position.
Currently, Sepp Kuss is participating in his third Grand Tour of the season and since his victory in the eighth stage of the Vuelta a España he has worn the red jersey, which only leaders in the general classification of the competition can enjoy. To guarantee use, start specialists are based on the total time obtained by the cyclist in the race so far.
“I knew there was a chance of taking the shirt depending on how the eighth stage went. It was only when I crossed the line that I realized I had made it. I think it’s an honor to wear the red shirt… I’m going to try to enjoy it because it’s not something I’ve experienced very often”, said the athlete.
With his recent victories and undisputed performance, Sepp Kuss is the second American man to wear the red jersey throughout the Vuelta a Espana’s long history. Before the cyclist, at 41 years old, Chris Horner secured the feat.