American climber Sepp Kuss won the 15e stage of the Tour de France which arrived in Andorra la Vella, for the only foray of the event abroad. The rider of the Dutch team Jumbo, was 23 seconds ahead of the Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde, 41 years old and second on the stage. Dutchman Wout Poels took third place, 1 minute 15 seconds behind a small group.
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Sepp 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 4the at the Loze pass,
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In this sunny 191.3-kilometer stage, a breakaway river of 32 riders developed in the first hour of the race. Tadej Pogacar and his UAE teammates let the gap widen to ten minutes.
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This group long led by Bruno Armirail, who worked for David Gaudu (7e of 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, the highest point of this edition (2,408m). 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 Sepp Kuss was the strongest in this climb before maintaining his advantage in the descent over Alejandro Valverde.
Sepp Kuss, originally from Colorado, is the first American to win the Tour since 2011 (Tyler Farrar).
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