Cycling | 8 augustus 2018
Kuss soloes to impressive stage victory Tour of Utah
Sepp Kuss has impressively won the second stage in the Tour of Utah. The 23-year-old American soloed, after an attack of fifty kilometres, to his first victory as a professional cyclist in the centre of Payson City. With his victory, Kuss takes over the lead in the general classification.
Neilson Powless completed the party for Team LottoNL-Jumbo by finishing second. He also holds this position in the general classification. Daan Olivier also joined his teammates on the podium as leader in the mountain classification.
The victory of Kuss is the twenty-fourth for Team LottoNL-Jumbo this season.
"It feels really amazing to have my first win as a professional on a team as Team LottoNL-Jumbo”, Kuss said after his win. “I felt really good today. I knew it would be possible to do something on the climb. And if I were really good, I could go for the win. I tried to tell myself to stay relaxed. Once one of the top riders attacked, I followed easily. I just kept going. I hoped some more guys would join me, but it ended up as a solo ride. There was mostly headwind until the finish, but I managed to hold on. It feels really special.”
“Sepp showed he’s the best climber in this peloton”, Sports Director Sierk Jan de Haan said. “The last forty kilometres were mostly downhill, but it was hard because of the headwind and short climbs. That he managed to win this stage after fifty kilometres solo, is a great achievement.”
De Haan also praises the other riders in the team. “Neilson’s second place is a great performance. Besides that, Daan is still in the mountain jersey. We were with three guys on the podium today. I’m really proud of our riders.”
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