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Sepp Kuss Clinches 2023 Vuelta a España Victory with Kaden Groves Winning Final Stage

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In a historic triumph, Sepp Kuss secured victory in the 2023 Vuelta a España, marking the first American to win a Grand Tour since Chris Horner’s victory a decade ago in the same race. The Jumbo-Visma team celebrated a dominant performance, with Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard finishing in the second position and Giro d’Italia winner Primoz Roglic claiming the third spot on the podium.

The final stage in Madrid witnessed Australian rider Kaden Groves sprinting to victory, narrowly fending off the pursuing peloton. Groves, who had already claimed two previous stage wins, emerged victorious in the dramatic final stage of this iconic race. Riding in a six-man breakaway, Groves made a decisive move 37 kilometers from the finish line in the 100-kilometer stage, which featured 20 laps around the Spanish capital.

As the peloton closed in on the breakaway during the final meters, Groves showcased his sprinting prowess, crossing the finish line ahead of Italy’s Filippo Ganna and Germany’s Nico Denz. Groves also secured the overall sprinter’s jersey, capping off a remarkable performance.

Sepp Kuss and his teammates enjoyed a trouble-free day during this processional stage, ensuring their place in the annals of cycling history. Their triumph in the Vuelta a España completes a clean sweep of this season’s Grand Tours, making them the first team to achieve such a feat.

Reflecting on his remarkable victory, Sepp Kuss expressed his emotions, saying, “It’s incredible. I think today was the stage I suffered most in the whole race, so now I’m just glad it’s over. It’s life-changing for sure but I’ll still be me. I’ll look back on this experience with a lot of fond memories. It’s all just still sinking in really. It will take quite some time.”

Stage 21 results:

1. Kaden Groves (Aus/Alpecin-Deceuninck) 2hrs 24mins 13secs

2. Filippo Ganna (Ita/Ineos Grenadiers) same time

3. Nico Denz (Ger/Bora-hansgrohe) same time

4. Hugo Page (Fra/Intermarche-Circus-Wanty) same time

5. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa/Movistar Team) same time

6. Rui Costa (Por/Intermarche-Circus-Wanty) same time

7. Marijn van den Berg (Ned/EF Education-EasyPost) same time

8. Remco Evenepoel (Bel/Soudal Quick-Step) same time

9. Dries van Gestel (Bel/TotalEnergies) same time

10 Lennard Kamna (Ger/Bora-hansgrohe) same time

Final General Classification after Stage 21:

1. Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma) 76hrs 48mins 21secs

2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) +17secs

3. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 08secs

4. Juan Ayuso (Spa/UAE Team Emirates) +3mins 18secs

5. Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain Victorious) +3mins 37secs

6. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar Team) +4mins 14secs

7. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus/Bora-hansgrohe) +7mins 53secs

8. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel/Bora-hansgrohe) +8mins 00secs

9. Joao Almeida (Por/UAE Team Emirates) +10mins 08secs

10. Santiago Buitrago (Col/Bahrain Victorious) +11mins 38secs

Selected Others:

23. Hugh Carthy (Gbr/EF Education-EasyPost) +1hr 19mins 25secs

31. Geraint Thomas (Gbr/Ineos Grenadiers) +1hr 47mins 59secs

49. Max Poole (Gbr/Team dsm-firmenich) +2hrs 17mins 18secs

65. James Knox (Gbr/Soudal Quick-Step) +2hrs 38mins 31secs

105. Lewis Askey (Gbr/Groupama-FDJ) +3hrs 34mins 07secs

116. Sean Flynn (Gbr/dsm-firmenich) +3hrs 46mins 39secs

123. Samuel Watson (Gbr/Groupama-FDJ) +3hrs 56mins 03secs.

Reference:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/cycling/66839092

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