Kuss: "I don't rule out having to move for Roglic"

Roglic's lieutenant in the Jumbo analyzes in AS the line to be followed by the Dutch team and acknowledges that it is option B.


Asturias, where starting today the general of the 76th edition of La Vuelta is at stake, brings good memories to Sepp Kuss (Durango, USA, 26 years old), Primoz Roglic's North American lieutenant in the Jumbo. At the Santuario del Acebo, in 2019 he achieved his first triumph in a big one at the same time that he was key to the first title in the Spanish round of his leader. "It was incredible! I managed to win on a climb with so much tradition in Asturian and Spanish cycling, and I even had time to bump the hand of the fans on the last straight," he recalls funny in AS about one of the most striking images of that edition.

Today, in another symbol such as Los Lagos, the Colorado climber, who is ninth overall, recognizes that he can be the protagonist. "I have tried to be well classified because I can be useful if I get into a breakout. It would be an interesting tactical move, although the first objective is to be with Roglic and help him when he needs it," he says in very good Spanish, who practices with his girlfriend. (he is from Barcelona) .

They have so much confidence in him in the Jumbo-Visma that even Roglic has classified him as a second asset for the Dutch team. "Option B? Yes, I can be, but Roglic almost never fails. At the moment, I feel very good in this Vuelta and I am getting stronger every day, so I see myself prepared for whatever the team needs." Nor does he rule out fighting for a win, "although it will be difficult because all the favorites are going to look for their chance." And it is that in the Jumbo nobody expects calm in Asturias. "I think there will be a battle in these two stages, all the rivals will play their cards to try to win La Vuelta, fight for the podium ... we will see," he admits.

A cyclist who has already shown that he is much more than a luxury gregarious. He has top-20 in Tour and Vuelta, and in the last French great he won a stage win in Andorra ahead of Alejandro Valverde. The next step in his career would be to go as leader to a great lap, and he confesses that he has thought about it: "Yes, I would like to try it, but first I have to improve in several aspects. I still have to work hard on the time trial, and also know how to manage moments difficult of the race, to have more stability in those key situations. It is necessary to aspire to the podium. " At the moment, it is the great support of Roglic to win his third title.

Photos from as.com

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