Sepp Kuss, born in Durango, Colorado, Kuss grew up competing in a variety of sports from Nordic skiing, to kayaking, and running before finally settling into cycling in his senior year of high school. Now a student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying advertising, Kuss switched from mountain biking, a discipline in which he won three collegiate titles, but switched to a road focus in 2016.
Kuss attracted attention as winner of the Redlands Bicycle Classic's queen stage atop the Oak Glen climb that year and signed with Rally Cycling mid-season soon after. A second place overall at the Tour of Alberta and a stage win at the Tour of Utah in 2017 earned him a multi-year contract at the WorldTour level with Lotto-Jumbo. In his first year with Jumbo, Kuss banked a full spring of experience-building race days including the Critérium du Dauphiné. After returning home, Kuss won three stages, the overall and mountains classifications at the Tour of Utah and competed in his first Grand Tour directly afterward.
In 2019, Kuss raced at the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, where he won a stage and helped Primož Roglič win the overall, showing himself as a loyal and strong mountain domestique. By 2020, Kuss established himself as a 'super-domestique' - riding to 15th overall in his first Tour de France while helping Roglič to second overall.
In his second Tour de France, Kuss won stage 15 in Andorra, his home base in Europe, and helped Jonas Vingegaard to second overall. In 2022, Kuss was on the Tour de France winning squad when Vingegaard claimed his first title but fell ill during the Vuelta and dropped out before stage 9.
In 2023, Kuss had a reputation as one of the best climbers in the peloton and proved his worth by helping Roglič win the Giro d'Italia and Vingegaard his second Tour de France. At his fifth straight Grand Tour, Kuss won stage 6 of the Vuelta a España at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambra and took the red leader's jersey two days later.
🥇Vuelta a España stage 6
🥇Vuelta a España stage 1 (TTT)
🥇Tour de France stage 15
🥇Critérium du Dauphiné stage 5
🥇Vuelta a España stage 15
🥇Tour of Utah GC
🥇Tour of Utah stage 6
🥇Tour of Utah - stage 5
🥇Tour of Utah - stage 2
🥇Tour de Beauce - stage 2
🥇Redlands Bicycle Classic - stage 2
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