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Sepp Kuss climbs the Col du Tourmalet in the red jersey at the 2023 Vuelta a España. He's alone, with only lines of fans around him. Jagged peaks behind are backlit by a hazy sun and a helicopter hovers in the distance.

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Sepp Kuss after stage 12 of the Vuelta a España.

Sepp Kuss opens up about Jumbo’s awkward Vuelta dominance

Sepp Kuss warms up prior to a stage of the 2023 Vuelta a España. He is outside the team bus on a trainer, wearing a cooling vest and has a thoughtful expression on his face.

Sepp Kuss wants another shot at Grand Tour leadership

Vuelta stage 21: Groves wins in spectacular finale as Kuss wraps up overall victory

Vuelta stage 20 report: Poels pounces to stage victory as Kuss keeps red, thank goodness

Alberto Dainese of DSM outsprints Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) to win stage 19 of the 2023 Vuelta a España.

Vuelta stage 19: Dainese survives as crash disrupts sprint

Sepp Kuss leads teammate Primož Roglič at the Vuelta a España. The two are in a pack of riders with several from the Bora team. Kuss' tongue is slightly sticking out the right side of his mouth, while Roglič wears an inscrutable expression.

Only Jumbo can destroy Jumbo

Remco Evenepoel attacks out of the saddle on the La Cruz de Linares climb on stage 18 of the 2023 Vuelta a España. He's wearing the blue polka-dot jersey of best climber, and behind DSM-Firmenich's Max Poole is struggling to hold the wheel as the pair pass a row of fans on the climb.

Vuelta stage 18: Evenepoel wins, Jumbo holds fire

Primoz Roglic leads Jonas Vingegaard and Sepp Kuss, who is wearing the leader's red jersey, up the Angliru climb in foggy conditions.

Behind the façade, fissures form at Jumbo

Sepp Kuss smiles, tongue out, holding a birthday cake.

Can we at least give the man a decent cake