Chris Horner, whose victory in the 2013 edition of the Vuelta a Espana was replicated by Sepp Kuss on Sunday, believes that Kuss’s improbable triumph at the La Vuelta a Espana might give a timely boost for a fading road bike racing sector in the United States.
Kuss, 29 years old, participated in the race as a “domestique” for more prominent teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma. However, once he won stage eight and assumed possession of the red jersey, he refused to relinquish it despite opposition from members of his squad.
Kuss ended a wait of ten years for an American Grand Tour victory and will go down as one of the most popular winners in recent times, disproving the myth that good men don’t win. Kuss won after a 10-year wait for an American Grand Tour victory.
It is up to the team strategists at Jumbo-Visma to determine whether or not he can become a regular contender for the general classification. Still, by winning a more difficult race than the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, he demonstrated that he is more than just a devoted follower of so-called great names in cycling.
Horner, whose triumph at the 2013 Vuelta made him the first official U.S. rider to win a three-week race since Greg LeMond in 1990, hopes that Kuss’s exploits make an influence back home in a country that is still wounded by the reputation that Lance Armstrong gained due to his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Following the cancellation of the Tour of California, Colorado, and Utah, the road racing scene in the United States is not exactly thriving. There are very few options for up-and-coming riders to compete in stage races.
“I hope that this gives U.S. racing a kick and that we see sponsors come back,” Horner said on the website GCN for cycling news.
“You can get more U.S. teams finding sponsorship instead of just having Lidl-Trek and EF Education-EasyPost, who don’t have that many Americans on the team, and it could possibly bring in more sponsors and help the sport grow. ” “You can get more U.S. teams finding sponsorship instead of just having Lidl-Trek and EF Education-EasyPost.”
“The racing scene in the United States is either in the process of drowning or, at most, has its nose above the water. We can only hope this will bring about publicity, but please remember that it will take some time; it won’t happen overnight.
Until the final few days of the race, it seemed as though whether Giro d’Italia champion or Tour de France winner Vingegaard was helping Kuss or trying to take the red jersey away from him was unknown. This made Kuss’s triumph all the more remarkable and impressive.
On stage 16, Vingegaard launched an assault that reduced Kuss’s lead by one minute. On stage 17, which culminated in the iconic Angliru climb, Kuss was again abandoned by his legendary teammates. Still, he fought valiantly to finish third and maintain his position as race leader.
After that, Jumbo-Visma’s tactics were criticized, and many people believed that Kuss should have been protected. This is because Kuss had spent many years assisting Vingegaard and Roglic in winning several Grand Tours, including this year’s Tour de France and Giro. Many people believe that Kuss should have been protected.
“The management at Jumbo only turned the page because there was an outcry from fans and a PR nightmare that Jumbo were going through,” Horner told GCN. “The PR nightmare that Jumbo were going through”
“That’s the reason why they flipped the page,” she said. They did not change the page since Angliru had finished what he needed to do. It was a situation straight out of a nightmare. They had meetings in the hours leading up to the race, during, after the race, and right up until everyone retired for the night.
They most likely set their alarm clocks to go off at two in the morning to prepare for another meeting. There was a lot of pressure on Sepp there (to win), and the squad gradually came around to their way of thinking.
The Dutch team Jumbo-Visma made history by being the first to win each of the three Grand Tours in a single season. Their success culminated in a clean sweep of the podium in Madrid.
“Winning together is not only our slogan, but also our trademark,” stated Richard Plugge, the company’s CEO.