Sepp Kuss claimed his maiden victory on the Tour de France with a solo ride in the 15th stage as defending champion Tadej Pogacar was barely bothered in the 191.3-km mountain trek from Ceret to Andorra on Sunday.
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The Jumbo-Visma rider prevailed from the day’s breakaway thanks to a sharp attack in the last climb before holding off Alejandro Valverde in the descent to the finish with the Spanish veteran taking second place 23 seconds behind.
Wout Poels finished third, 1:15 off the pace before Pogacar and his main challengers crossed the line 4:51 behind Kuss.
“I’ve had some victories, some memorable, but I never thought I’d win a stage on the Tour de France,” said Kuss, who already had a Vuelta stage win under his belt.
The 26-year-old gave his team their second victory in this year’s Tour after their designated leader, Primoz Roglic, pulled out injured following a crash.