Sepp Kuss has had a great season and looks very happy about everything. Kuss even won the Tour de France stage, and in the end, he managed to help his colleague Roglic to win on the Vuelta de Espana . "It's important you go out every day and feel happy, and feel lucky to be doing this as a job," he told Cyclingnews.
"I think I enjoyed my 2021 season because I was enjoying being a bike racer. In all the races I was there more or less, not perhaps big results but always learning and being with the better guys, which is a big step up.
"Winning the stage at the Tour de France was incredible for me, as was riding well on other stages and helping Jonas Vingegaard get second overall, too. To then do a good ride at Vuelta, finish in the top ten and win with Primož was super cool, too."
Winning the Tour de France in Andorra is obviously something he did not expect For me, it was an incredible day out," he said. "I wanted to be in the break that day but I didn't know if I'd be able to do anything.
I didn't feel that good in the Tour until that point. But I kept pushing on and kept trying something and on that day I had really really good legs. It all came together for me." Kuss was lucky because of the fact that he knew Beixalis climb very well "It's a tough climb, really steep in the beginning," he recalled.
"Sometimes it's good to know the climb, other times not too much but it helped me that day to have that home advantage." He and Steven Kruijswijk were supposed to lead the Jumbo Visma team in Spain, but Roglic's crash out changed everything "For me, it was actually better that Primož was there because realistically I'm not up there fighting for the podium yet," Kuss says.
"A top ten would have been a big step up for me and so finishing eighth was even better. I had some good days and some lesser days, too, but it was one of my most consistent Grand Tours, so that's a step up."
"In the future, I hope to be even better and maybe shoot for a podium. But I've got to take it step by step." "At the moment I'd rather win a stage in a Grand Tour than finish fourth overall. Give me a super day and a stage win any time rather than hanging on. I have really good days but then can have really bad days. Figuring out all that is the key to my future."