Vuelta a España stage 10 report: Ganna triumphs as Kuss holds onto red

Filippo Ganna bests Remco Evenepoel against the clock.

Filippo Ganna sets the fastest time on stage 10 of the Vuelta a España.

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by Dane Cash 05.09.2023 Photography by
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Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) won the stage 10 time trial at the Vuelta a España on Tuesday, taking the victory on a mostly flat course in Valladolid. The 27-year-old Italian was 16 seconds faster than runner-up Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep), with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) taking third on the day.

In the broader GC battle, race leader Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) was among the biggest winners on the day, putting in a solid ride to finish 13th on the day and hold onto his race lead.

Reports of Sepp Kuss’s time trialing woes were very much exaggerated.

Brief results


Brief analysis

Sepp Kuss in red at the Vuelta a España.

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Evenepoel seemed to have mixed feelings about his performance on the day, gaining some GC time but perhaps not as much as he would have liked, and settling for runner-up honors on the stage as well.

After about 10 minutes I had a difficult moment, that’s where I lost it. I was able to keep up with [Ganna] after that and get ahead of the rest of the field, but it wasn’t my best day. However, I do think that I should just be satisfied.

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Can Sepp Kuss win this Vuelta? It is certainly starting to seem like a possibility, as if social media really has succeeded in willing “GC Kuss” into existence.

Speaking of Kuss, Ganna won the day but he may need to practice his celebration a bit more if he wants to hang with the red jersey.

Up next

After Tuesday’s time trial, Wednesday’s stage 11 will cover mostly flat roads, right up until the very end of the day, where riders will suddenly be tested with a first-category climb. The ascent is 6.5 km in length with a 6.8 percent average gradient, which is not especially hard in and of itself, but the last bit angles upward into the double digits. That will make it a major opportunity for the GC riders to pick up time. That said, the break could battle for the stage. In any case, Roglič, Vingegaard, and Evenepoel look like worthy favorites.

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