La Vuelta 2023 has crowned the American Sepp Kuss ahead of Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic. A look back at these three weeks of racing and the hat-trick; of the Jumbo-Visma.
Sepp Kuss was the dream lieutenant, the luxury teammate, he is now also the crowned leader. The American won the 2023 Vuelta ahead of his teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic. The last link in the imperial collective of the Jumbo-Visma on the Giro and on the Tour, Sepp Kuss this time triumphed. in his name, in front of those he supports all year round. For services rendered, Jumbo-Visma offered him this coronation, which he first went to win by winning stage 6 in a breakaway. Javalambre. The three minutes given to him by the other leaders that day will never have been fulfilled. Sepp Kuss is the second runner in history to achieve this goal. won a Grand Tour having raced all three in the same season, after Gastone Nencini who won the Grand Tour. the Giro in 1957.
He had undoubtedly allowed this to happen. Primoz Roglic to win the 2023 Giro, still being within reach. alongside him when the Slovenian was in difficulty. in the mountains. And if Jonas Vingegaard might have won the Tour de France without his help this year, that doesn't take anything away from it. the mark that Sepp Kuss will leave in the memories. Vuelta 2019, Vuelta 2020, Vuelta 2021, Tour 2022, Giro 2023, Tour 2023: Sepp Kuss was of all his team's Grand Tour victories, whether helping Primoz Roglic or Jonas Vingegaard. He is the team member who launches his leaders towards often inevitable success, this "gregario" who dominates the leaders and asphyxiates the favorites in the mountains. He is now a Grand Tour winner, but also an announced favorite in the Grand Tour. for those he will compete against the future.
Two triplets for history
The Jumbo-Visma dominated the race. this Vuelta like no team has ever dominated before. a Grand Tour. Proof that it was untouchable in the mountains, the Dutch team signed two triplets on the two main stages, at the top of Tourmalet and Angliru. It places Sepp Kuss, Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic in the first three places in the General Classification of this Tour of Spain, leaving the fourth, Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), behind. more than two minutes from the podium. Jumbo-Visma is the second team in history to be achieve a hat-trick on a Grand Tour, after the KAS team on the 1966 edition of the Vuelta (only nine teams had participated).
Above all, Jumbo-Visma entered the legend by achieving the first "Grand Slam" of history: winning the three Grand Tours in the same year. Primoz Roglic had triumphed; at the Giro d'Italia by overthrowing Geraint Thomas in the final time trial, Jonas Vingegaard had dominated the race. Tadej Pogacar on the Tour de France, and the two stars left behind their faithful lieutenant won the Vuelta a España to close this historic season. Wearing for the occasion a special jersey in the colors of the three Tours (pink, yellow and red), the Jumbo-Visma celebrated with dignity. this triumph on the last stage of the Vuelta, this Sunday, September 17 in Paris. Madrid.
Evenepoel combative, Groves dominant
Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) failed in his quest for a double: he does not retain his title in this Vuelta. He even finished only 12th in the General Ranking, after the failure which caused him to lose more than 27 minutes at the Tourmalet on stage 13. However, the Belgian came out without doubt of this Tour of Spain with satisfactions: winner of three stages, winner of the white jersey at blue polka dots for best climber, voted “super-combative”; and at attacks him almost every day. If doubts remain about his ability to attack, à To be at the level of the best in the world in high mountains over three weeks, he showed his ability once again that he had the temperament and legs of a great champion. To the point of competing with Vingegaard and Pogacar in the Tour de France, which he should compete in 2024?
The field of sprinters was certainly very thin on this Tour of Spain, but Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) knew how to take advantage of it by showing great consistency. Winner of three stages and the green jersey in the points classification, the Australian confirmed his victory. his status as a world-class sprinter. He won the most beautiful victory of his career on the last stage of this Vuelta, following with panache the attack of the best riders in the world (Remco Evenepoel and Filippo Ganna) to beat them in the sprint at the end of almost 40 kilometers of escape. The Frenchman Geoffrey Soupe (Total-Energies) also leaves with his biggest victory, winning at 100%. 35 years old on the first Grand Tour stage of his career, sprinting on the 7th stage.
Youth is getting tougher
At the dawn of their career, some runners already wear shoes. the promises of a brilliant zenith. The Tour of Spain has the custom of revealing the future headliners of cycling, and this edition was no exception. à the rule. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), 21 years old and 3rd in the Vuelta last year, takes 4th place in the General Ranking, first behind Jumbo-Visma. He continues to do so. learn and confirms its regularity, before perhaps reaching a milestone in 2024. For his first Grand Tour, Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished 8th in the General Ranking at the end of the year. 20 years old, and second in the ranking of the best young people. Already 9th in the Tour de Catalunya, 6th in the Tour de Romandie and 7th in the Tour de Suisse, the Belgian once again demonstrated his reliability. on stage races, this time over three weeks.
The Frenchman Lenny Martinez (Groupama FDJ) is perhaps not yet as consistent at the same age and he will have finished his first Grand Tour with more difficulty. But he showed great skills in the mountains, finishing second to Javalambre behind Sepp Kuss, and above all wearing the red jersey for two days. His teammate Romain Grégoire, also 20 years old, passed the competition. even closer to a victory at home Laguna Negra, only beaten at the finish by Jesús Herrada (Cofidis). Finn Fisher-Black, Max Poole, Lennert Van Eetvelt, Lorenzo Germani and Lewis Askey, all under the age of 23 and competing in their first Grand Tour, also distinguished themselves with escapes. You are noticed or top 10 on certain stages. In 2024, you will undoubtedly have the opportunity to hear about these riders in the biggest races on the calendar.
The ranking of the last stage and the ranking general
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Here is the general ranking of the riders. finish of this Vuelta 2023 with the triumph of the Jumbo.