Stage 15 of the Tour de France was won by Sepp Kuss of the Jumbo Visma team. The 26-year-old Coloradan’s girlfriend and family were on the baking mountain slopes to cheer him on as he became the first American to win a stage in the Tour in a decade. Near the top of the last climb Kuss skipped away from Spain’s Alejandro Valverde, who at 41 years of age came second, and Dutch rider Wout Poels, who pulled on the king of the mountains jersey after coming third
“We had planned to help Jonas, but there were two of us so Steven (Kruijswijk) dropped back, so we got the stage and the team tactics right,” Kuss explained of the windy stage where the protection of a teammate can make all the difference.
“My girlfriend and her family were on the final climb cheering me on. I’m lost for words,” said climb specialist Kuss, whose family has roots in Slovenia.
STAGE 15 HIGHLIGHTS
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