September 19, 2021

Tour de France: Sepp Kuss wins in the 15th stage, Pogacar does not waste time

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The first Pyrenean stage did not upset the balance of the Tour de France. If the main competitors of Tadej Pogacar tried to attack him in the Beixalis pass, the Slovenian did not concede time and kept his yellow tunic on Sunday 11 July, before the second day of rest.

Up front, American Jumbo-Visma Sepp Kuss lost company on the day’s breakaway on the last climb and kept his lead on the descent to Andorra la Vella. He is 23 seconds ahead of veteran Alejandro Valverde, 41.

The Dutchman Wout Poels took third place, 1 min 15 sec, ahead of a small group.

Picked up from the group of favorites at the top of the port of Envalira, the ‘roof’ of 108isTower perched at 2,408 meters above sea level, Frenchman Guillaume Martin has lost his place on the podium. He gave up nearly 4 minutes to his direct opponents. He retreated from the 2isat the 9isplace in the ranking.

Regional stage

Kuss (26), who lives in Andorra, won the Tour de France for the first time, for his second participation. Last year, while serving Slovenian Primoz Roglic, he finished 4thisat the Loze pass,

In this sunny 191.3-kilometer stage, a breakaway river of 32 riders developed in the first hour of the race. Pogacar and his UAE teammates let the gap widen to around ten minutes.

This group for a long time, led by Bruno Armirail who worked for David Gaudu (7isof the stage), saw its advantage diminish as it approached the Franco-Andorran border, before the last 50 kilometers, where the Movistar teams and especially Ineos accelerated.

Up front, Colombian Nairo Quintana swung into the lead at the windswept summit of Envalira. He attacked again in the leading group reduced to 18 riders from the foot of the last ascent, Beixalis (6.4 km at 8.5%). But Kuss was the strongest on this climb before maintaining his advantage in the descent over Valverde.

Kuss, from Colorado, is the first American to win the Tour since 2011 and Tyler Farrar.