LottoNL-Jumbo's young Americans conquer Mount Nebo
09 August 2018 12:05
Sepp Kuss and Neilson Powless came into the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with instructions from their Dutch LottoNL-Jumbo team to have fun and look for opportunities where they could find them. They found a big one during Wednesday's stage 2 in Payson, where Kuss went on a 52km solo breakaway to take the stage win and the yellow jersey, and Powless followed him across the line 29 seconds later to take second and claim second overall. The 23-year-old Kuss now leads 21-year-old Powless by 21 seconds in the overall, with BMC Racing's Tejay van Garderen now third overall at 25 seconds. Rally Cycling's Kyle Murphy, who was third on the stage, is now fourth overall at 37 seconds. Kuss is back in the yellow jersey he wore here for a stage last year when he rode for Rally Cycling, while Powless will retain the blue jersey of the best U23 rider. It's a big result on one of the biggest showcases in their home country.ADVERTISEMENT "It's super cool," Kuss said of the stage result. "I think that's a special thing about LottoNL-Jumbo. The young guys get a lot of opportunities that they wouldn't on some of the bigger teams like Quick-Step, BMC or Sky. You wouldn't see a neo-pro getting a leadership role in any races, so I think that speaks to the development aspect of the team." Kuss came into the stage 17 seconds down on overnight leader van Garderen, who took the jersey in Monday's prologue and successfully defended it through stage 1. When the GC fireworks started kicking off on the lower slopes of the 24km climb up Mount Nebo, Kuss jumped in with both feet. "At the beginning of the climb I felt really strong, but I thought I'd wait until some of the GC guys started attacking and then maybe I'd try something on my own if I did feel good," Kuss said.
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