Kuss predicts 'one of many' Tour de France showdowns on Granon

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) at the Tour de France
Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

As the clock ticks down towards the first major Alpine mountain battle of the Tour de France on Wednesday, American climber Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) has bluntly described stage 11 and the final ascent of the Col de Granon, as "the hardest climb of this Tour."

"But with a final climb so hard, only the best will come out on top in the end" Kuss warned after what was, barring the climate change protest, a largely uneventful stage 10 for the GC contenders. "It'll be one of many showdowns in this year's race."

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.