After recently extending Wout Van Aert’s deal, Jumbo Visma announced a new contract for 26-year-old Sepp Kuss. The American played a pivotal role in Primoz Roglic’s Tour de France and Vuelta Espana results last season. Oftentimes Kuss was the final teammate with Roglic in the mountains. Even as a domestique, Kuss has earned top results with wins at the Criterium du Dauphine, the Vuelta a Espana and a handful of top tens at the Tour de France. The three year deal is impressive in the current climate of mostly one or two year singings for riders.
“I’m really happy to extend with the team. For me, over the past three years, it has felt really comfortable for me”, Kuss said. “Everybody on the staff and all the riders make Team Jumbo-Visma a very nice environment for me. The special thing about the team is that everybody understands me as an athlete and, more importantly, as a person. That way we get the most out of each other. I always get opportunities and that helps me stay motivated. We are always striving for something big at this team and that’s really exciting and really special. So I hope to continue that and keep making some good memories.”
Sports director, Merijn Zeeman, is very pleased with the extension. “Sepp is one of the best climbers in the peloton. He has grown into a rider who takes his own chances, but he is also super important in supporting the leaders. He is increasingly becoming a leader himself and we will guide him in discovering his limits in the upcoming years.”
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