Kuss was supposed to ride California, and that was his first goal of the season. Since the Giro started the same week as the ToC, he should have been in good form when the Giro began. Yet he was absolutely nowhere, and his climbing prologue was dreadful. When they announced him to be the stand-in for Gesink, i thought it made sense, because he could ride himself further into shape throughout the Giro, but that was assuming he had a basic form going into week 1 (since he was supposed to ride Cali that same week). It just didn't happen.staubsauger said:Wasn't Kuss originally scheduled to ride himself into shape with To-Dauphine-TdF? Then he had to do the Giro d'Italia as an replacement for Gesink without being on the level needed and subsequently hit his condition for the Dauphine. Now, he won't be in France with probably De Plus taking his spot, but goes to the Vuelta without good preparation therefore as well. So basically it's a completely lost season for him as an athlete due to shifting of his racing schedule. Something Kuss apparently doesn't respond very well to, because he needs a steady pattern to hit his peak condition!