Sepp Kuss becomes first American to win Tour de France stage since 2011; Tadej Pogacar increases overall lead

Otto I. Eovaldi

ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra — Sepp Kuss could not suppress a vast grin as he raced toward the complete line to turn out to be the initially American in 10 yrs to earn a stage at the Tour de France.

Immediately after profitable Sunday’s grueling 15th stage, Kuss threw his sun shades into the crowd and put his arms in the air in advance of masking his facial area, succumbing to emotion and exhaustion.

Tyler Farrar had been the final American to win a stage at cycling’s most significant race in 2011.

“It really is unbelievable, I am shed for text,” Kuss explained.

The 26-calendar year-aged Colorado indigenous left it late to make his move in the punishing 191-kilometer (118-mile) ride from Ceret at the foothills of the Pyrenees to the little mountain-bound nation of Andorra.

“This was Sepp’s day,” said Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout van Aert, who helped set Kuss in a posture to crack. “He life in Andorra and he was hunting ahead to this phase.”

The American attacked going up the 1,796-meter Col de Beixalis and preserved his challenging-fought gain more than Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde, who concluded 23 seconds guiding.

“To be honest, I was struggling a ton in this Tour de France. I failed to really feel like I experienced the spice in the legs. Nowadays I knew it was finishing in which I reside, so I was enthusiastic for the phase,” Kuss said.

Col de Beixalis was the steepest climb in a working day of several ascents in the Pyrenees. Kuss’ average velocity going up was 20.4 kph (12.7 mph), and 57.9 kph (36 mph) going down, in which he clocked a highest speed of 80.6 kph (50 mph).

“I you should not ride to Col de Beixalis significantly in education for the reason that it is really so tricky, but I understood if I had a very good gap, I’d keep absent until the complete. Wout van Aert did a wonderful task for me in the valley. It indicates a large amount to me to win a Tour de France phase,” Kuss explained.

Dutch rider Wout Poels finished third and took about the polka dot jersey for the finest climber.

“It is really certainly going to be a good fight for the mountains jersey,” Poels stated.

Race chief Tadej Pogacar savored an uneventful day and remained on course for his 2nd all round victory.

The defending champion was only questioned toward the conclusion of the phase as Jonas Vingegaard adopted Ben O’Connor’s instance with two assaults.

Pogacar answered each without having any troubles and increased his over-all direct to a lot more than 5 minutes above Rigoberto Uran and Vingegaard.

“I felt fantastic, and I wasn’t concerned at all about the past climb. I just wanted to comply with the other riders there, as I did,” Pogacar reported. “My group did a fantastic job at preserving me all day long, offering me with almost everything I required. The key nowadays was to retain myself hydrated, to have h2o accessible all the time, and my teammates did that task correctly.”

Guillaume Martin, who was next overall in advance of the phase, dropped back again to ninth.

Ahead of the ultimate tussles on Col de Beixalis, riders had to conquer the 2,408-meter Port d’Envalira, the place Nairo Quintana created a break after a sturdy headwind forced riders across the highway. Quintana was initial to the summit ahead of he was hauled back. Quintana experimented with once more on Col de Beixalis prior to Kuss took around.

Nacer Bouhanni, who experienced been suffering since a big crash on Stage 13, stop soon after the intermediate dash with 124.5 kilometers remaining.

The rest of the riders have a prospect to get better on the tour’s 2nd rest day Monday right before more climbs await on Tuesday.

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