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Sepp Kuss

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Sepp Kuss
Personal information
NicknameThe Durango Kid
The Mailman[1]
The Eagle of Durango[2][3]
Born (1994-09-13) September 13, 1994 (age 29)
Durango, Colorado
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)[4]
Weight61 kg (134 lb; 9 st 8 lb)[5]
Team information
Current teamVisma–Lease a Bike
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team
2016Gateway Harley Davidson / Trek
Professional teams
2016–2017Rally Cycling
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2021)
Vuelta a España
General classification (2023)
2 individual stages (2019, 2023)
1 TTT stage (2022)

Stage races

Tour of Utah (2018)

Sepp Kuss (born September 13, 1994) is an American professional cyclist from Durango, Colorado who rides for UCI WorldTeam Visma–Lease a Bike.[8] A talented climber, Kuss won the 2023 Vuelta a España, the first American to do so since Chris Horner in 2013. He has also won individual stages at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. He is also only one of two riders to win a Grand Tour having finished all three Grand Tours in the same year.



Early career


Kuss started out in mountain bike racing as a junior and as a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he won three national titles at the Collegiate championships in XC (2014 and 2015) and Short Track (2014).[9][10] His cycling ambitions at the time were to take cycling as far as he could after finishing his degree. When asked which one person he would want to sit and have lunch with he answered Peter Sagan.[11]

Kuss began the 2016 season racing for the amateur Gateway Harley Davidson / Trek team. His first win was on a summit finish stage in the Redlands Bicycle Classic.[12] Kuss finished fourth at the Mogollon stage at the Tour of the Gila, a UCI 2.2 stage race. He rode with Rally Cycling in the latter part of 2016 and during 2017, before joining LottoNL–Jumbo, initially on a two-year contract.[13]



Kuss won 3 stages and the general classification at the 2018 Tour of Utah.[14]

He rode in the 2018 Vuelta a España[15] and the 2019 Giro d'Italia.[16] before getting his first grand tour stage win in stage 15 of the 2019 Vuelta a España, launching a solo attack from the day's breakaway with 7 kilometers to go, and supporting his team leader Primož Roglič who won the overall classification.[17] He finished 15th overall in the 2020 Tour de France, again riding in support of Roglič. This was also the highest overall placing for an American since Andrew Talansky in 2015.

Kuss again supported Roglič's winning ride in the 2020 Vuelta a España.[18]

In July 2021, Kuss won stage 15 of the Tour de France after breaking away with 5 km to go to up the final climb of the day, the Col de Beixalis, from a group that had contained 32 riders. He was able to maintain his lead ahead of Alejandro Valverde in the 15 km that followed the pass. With this win Kuss became the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France since Tyler Farrar, who won stage 3 in 2011.[19]

Kuss at the 2022 Tour de France

During the 2021 Vuelta a España Kuss and his teammates Steven Kruijswijk and Sam Oomen rode in support of Roglič, who was going for his third consecutive Vuelta title. Kuss started the race strong taking the King of the Mountains jersey for two stages. He was one of the strongest riders in the race on the climb to Lagos de Covadonga on stage 17. As the finish line approached the sprint for second place began after Roglič won the stage and Kuss beat everyone else to the line to deny the bonus seconds to Roglič's rivals.[20] He ended the race in eighth place overall, the highest for an American since Talansky in five years earlier. This was his first top 10 in a grand tour, and Roglič once again won the Vuelta.

Kuss (right) riding in support of Primož Roglič at the 2023 Giro d'Italia

As a warmup for the upcoming Tour, Team Jumbo-Visma sent their primary favorites in Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard to the Critérium du Dauphiné, while Kuss was given the opportunity to ride in the 2022 Tour de Suisse and target the general classification. Kuss rode strong and was within +0:10 of the lead after stage 4, but prior to stage 5 the entire team had to abandon the race due to COVID.[21]

Kuss (right) riding in support of Jonas Vingegaard at the 2023 Tour de France

During the first two weeks of the 2022 Tour de France he rode in support of Roglič, Vingegaard, and Wout Van Aert as the team sought stage wins and to challenge defending champion Tadej Pogačar for the Yellow Jersey, both of which they were successful in doing. After the withdrawal of Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk crashing out on stage 15 it became clear the heavy work of defending Vingegaard would fall on Kuss in the final high mountain stages.[22] He shepherded Vingegaard up Hautacam, the final HC climb, as he had done for Roglič so many times in other grand tours, until the Dane attacked and tightened his grip on the race. The team was so successful that they held the yellow, green and polka dot jerseys as the race neared its end, and won them.[23]

Kuss rode in support of Roglič's victory in the 2023 Giro d'Italia and Vingegaard's win in the 2023 Tour de France. He rode his third Grand Tour of the year in the 2023 Vuelta a España as Jumbo-Visma attempted to become the first cycling team in history to sweep all three Grand Tours in a single season. On Stage 6, he won after attacking from a breakaway group of 40 riders, moving him into second place in the General Classification, eight seconds behind Lenny Martinez who was also in the day's breakaway.[24] Two days later, Kuss moved into the overall lead of the race after finishing a minute ahead of Martinez.[25] He successfully defended his lead for the remainder of the race, despite losing some time to Vingegaard. He became the first cyclist to both ride all three Grand Tours and win one in the same season since Gastone Nencini in 1957. Also for the first time in history, the same team has won all three grand tours in the same season.[26][27]

In 2024, Kuss was originally named in the team list for the 2024 Tour de France, but was scratched before the race began due to a Covid infection.[28] He is set to defend his title at the 2024 Vuelta a España in August.[29]

Personal life


Kuss is of Slovenian descent.[30] He married Noemí Ferré Fernández, a Spanish professional cyclist, in 2022.[31]

Major results


Mountain bike

National Collegiate Championships
1st Cross-country
1st Short track
1st Cross-country, National Collegiate Championships


1st Stage 2 Redlands Bicycle Classic
6th Overall Tour de Beauce
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Tour of Alberta
6th Overall Colorado Classic
8th Overall Tour of the Gila
9th Overall Tour of Utah
2018 (4 pro wins)
1st Overall Tour of Utah
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 2, 5 & 6
2019 (1)
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
5th Japan Cup
2020 (1)
8th Overall Tour de la Provence
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 5
Vuelta a España
Held after Stage 1
2021 (1)
1st Stage 15 Tour de France
8th Overall Vuelta a España
Held after Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
3rd Faun-Ardèche Classic
2023 (2)
1st Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 6
5th Overall UAE Tour
1st Mountains classification, Tour of the Basque Country
6th Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior
8th Overall Volta ao Algarve

General classification results timeline



Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Giro d'Italia 56 14
Tour de France 15 32 17 12
Vuelta a España 65 29 16 8 DNF 1
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Tirreno–Adriatico 68
Volta a Catalunya DNF NH 12 19 13
Tour of the Basque Country DNF 95 DNF 41
Tour de Romandie 14 12
Critérium du Dauphiné 34 26 10 23 DNF
Tour de Suisse NH DNF

Did not compete
IP In progress


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