Vuelta a España stage 6 report: Kuss climbs to victory as Martinez takes red

It was a banner day for Jumbo-Visma at the Vuelta a España.

Sepp Kuss wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España.

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by Dane Cash 31.08.2023 Photography by
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A banner day for Jumbo-Visma at the Vuelta a España on Thursday saw Sepp Kuss power to the stage 6 victory out of the breakaway, while Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard both put time into erstwhile red jersey Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) as they finished a few minutes behind the stage winner.

After being in a huge breakaway group, Kuss took the win ahead of Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) and Romain Bardet (DSM-Firmenich). The runner-up ride was enough to propel Martinez into the overall race lead, with Kuss now sitting second on GC, just eight seconds back, but nearly three minutes ahead of Evenepoel.

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Brief analysis

Sepp Kuss celebrates his win.

Quote of the day

As Sepp Kuss explained after his win, the Jumbo-Visma plan worked to perfection on stage 6.

It was an incredibly hard stage. We wanted to try and go in the breakaway just to test QuickStep and we knew that it would be a hard day to control. That was the primary objective.

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One of the most sprinter-friendly days of this year’s Vuelta awaits on stage 7, where nary a categorized climb will stand between the peloton and the finish. Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) is an obvious favorite with Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) and rising sprint star (?) Filippo Ganna of the Ineos Grenadiers as others to watch.

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