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Gallery: Kuss Kuss Bang Bang at the 2021 Tour de France

Will Strickson
12 Jul 2021

Jumbo-Visma's Tour redemption continues as American super-domestique Sepp Kuss has his day at home in Andorra

Another day, another dead rubber for GC, another dominant victory in the mountains from the breakaway for Jumbo-Visma.

After a rough start to the Tour de France, losing several riders including leader and overall favourite Primož Roglič, the killer bees have had to turn to wasps and go on attack after attack.

And what an attack it was.

As the predictably enormous breakaway descended into Andorra and began climbing the savage Col de Beixalis, attacks came from Nairo Quintana and David Gaudu, getting dragged back before they could get going.

Then Jumbo-Visma's American super climber Sepp Kuss, on home roads – like half the peloton – made his move and distanced everyone over the top, with only Alejando Valverde in touching distance.

But even the veteran Spaniard couldn't catch Kuss as he flew to his second Grand Tour victory, chucking his sunglasses into the crowd as he crossed the line, becoming the first American to take a stage at the Tour since Tyler Farrar – also of glasses fame – won in 2011.

Further back, Wout Poels wrestled the polka dot jersey back from Michael Woods as everyone's favourite jersey competition hots up going into week three.

Not that anyone cares about the race for the yellow jersey any more but there were a few attacks up Beixalis, as Ineos Grenadiers again teed up Richard Carapaz for a three second attack before Jumbo-Visma's remaining overall hope Jonas Vingegaard kept upping the pace before being pulled back.

Big shouts go to Rigoberto Urán, who put in a rare attack – however fleeting it was – and Ben O'Connor who showed huge guts to keep fighting his way back to the main favourites, before attacking them and then getting dropped again.

The real hero of the day though was Edvald Boasson Hagen.

The Boss was dropped early on in the day and didn't look in a good way. Now 34 and with Team TotalEnergies, his best days are certainly behind him but he fought on.

Alongside a host of fans running beside him, keeping their distance but pushing him on, he came in more than an hour behind Kuss, 35 minutes after the last rider, Mark Cavendish, and over 25 minutes outside the time cut.

Chapeau Eddie.

Here are some of the best pictures of a great stage from Cyclist's photographer on the scene Chris Auld:

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