Ineos Grenadiers return from Volta a Catalunya overjoyed with their performance. They achieved phenomenal results and it is certain that everyone in the team is happy. On the other hand, one of their rivals, the Jumbo Visma team did not achieve such a good result.
Jumbo-Visma’s Sepp Kuss thinks this is not strange, because in today’s cycling all teams are very equally matched considering that they invest a lot and train a lot “Their racing so hard is the way every team is now,” said Kuss (as quoted by cycling news), who was the 12th overall win at the Volta a Catalunya and one of the last riders to remain in contention when Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) made his race-winning breakaway on Vallter 2000.
“Everybody in this race is at a really high level, everything is really advanced in training, and everybody is doing altitude training camps in January and February. So this is just the level it is now, and it’ll probably only go up from here”.
Kuss on Ineos Grenadiers
Kuss has had words of praise for the opposing team and finds it easy to race when you have good drivers “Obviously they have such a strong roster here, they can do more or less what they want here and still have the top three guys on GC.
They can still ride on the front with those guys. But it’s not a competition,” the 26-year-old American reasons “If you have strong riders, then you can ride the race how you want to”. Kuss is happy with his race and it seems like this is the beginning of what we can expect from him.
Kuss had bigger goals than he achieved in the race, but he is aware of his mistakes and thinks Yates was much better “I’m happy with the week overall, first of all for me I did an ok time trial which is a step in the right direction and then in the first mountain stage”, where he finally placed sixth, “I rode how I thought I could win the stage, but Yates was a lot stronger and I paid for it in the end.
“ “But I have no regrets how I raced it, and the next stage,” won by Esteban Chaves (Team Bike Exchange) with a seven-kilometre breakaway, and where Kuss placed fifth, “I definitely waited too long, and it was bit too late to try anything”.