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Sepp Kuss: "I was motivated for this stage where I live"

“It’s incredible. I’m lost for words. To be honest, I was suffering a lot in this Tour de France. I didn’t feel like I had the spice in the legs. Today I knew it was finishing where I live, so I was motivated for the stage. I’m so happy. My girlfriend and her family were on the last climb cheering for me. I say hi to my parents back home in the US too. I’ve not seen them for a long time. It was a hard day in the breakaway. I knew the final very well. I don’t ride to col de Beixalis much in training because it’s so hard, but I knew if I had good gap I’d stay away till the finish. Wout van Aert did a great job for me in the valley. It means a lot to me to win a Tour de France stage.”

"Today’s stage was really hard, especially as it was the last of second week of this Tour de France. We expected attacks today. Ineos Grenadiers put a hard pace really soon. Anyway, I felt good, and I wasn’t worried at all about the last climb. I just needed to follow the other riders there, as I did. My team did a great job at protecting me all day long, providing me with everything I needed. The key today was to keep myself hydrated, to have water available all the time, and my teammates did that job perfectly. Today’s stage has been one of the hottest of the Tour de France, that’s for sure. Although I’m looking forward for the rest of the race, I hope I can sleep for very long on tomorrow’s rest day!"

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