Team Jumbo-Visma finishes fourteenth stage of Vuelta without problems
Team Jumbo-Visma has finished the fourteenth stage of the Vuelta a España without any problems. In another challenging stage in the Pyrenees, the leaders of the yellow and black squad crossed the line in the group of favourites. The top ten in the general classification remained unchanged. Remco Evenepoel won the stage.
The second stage in the Pyrenees took the peloton from Sauveterre-de-Béarn to Larra-Belagua. After Friday's monster stage, the riders again faced four categorised climbs. After a fast opening hour, a large breakaway opened up a gap in the peloton, controlled by Team Jumbo-Visma of race leader Kuss. Eventually, Evenepoel proved to be the strongest at the front. In the background, the group of favourites remained calm. The fast pace of Attila Valter made sure the leaders of Team Jumbo-Visma remained safe.
"We weren't worried about the escape today”, Kuss said. "It's good to see Remco riding well again together after a bad day. I'm happy for him. It was important for us to stay together as a team. We knew that the second climb of the day would be challenging. There were a few attacks, but we always controlled the situation.“
"The jersey motivates me a lot. It gives me sharpness and confidence."
"The profile of this stage lent itself to an attack. On a few occasions, UAE Team Emirates tried to pressure us, but Primoz and Jonas were always able to respond. Robert Gesink and Attila did a great job keeping us in a good position on the climbs. The team rode impressively once again.”
Kuss took his seventh red jersey on the podium. "It's been a long time since I've ridden around in the leader's jersey. The jersey motivates me a lot. It gives me sharpness and confidence. It has already been a beautiful and unforgettable week for me, no matter what happens next. There are still some tough stages ahead. We feel good, and we are ready”, the 28-year-old American concluded.