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Teams & Riders Sepp Kuss is the next Sepp Kuss thread

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I was looking at Kuss's PCS points for early last season.

He had 14 race days and 159 points before staring the 2023 Giro.

No Giro for him this year.
He has 21 race days and 156 points heading into the 2024 Dauphine

It doesn't seem like a big difference to me.

The difference is in expectations.

He went to Catalunya in March this year with a leadership role & got dropped. Last year he was riding as a dom for Roglič but he didn't really have to do anything because Evenepoel & Rog played up front together without their teammates really being a factor.

I don't know but for me there's a huge question mark over Kuss right now. Especially because his level last year in the Vuelta was really, really high. So there has to be some sort of hint he's on track towards at least matching that level next month.
 
Kuss will be interesting to watch in Dauphine since he usually rides into form later into the Tour. And his lack of riding for GC in these type of races in general.
Also sounds as if he has been sick recently

“They are in good form. Sepp [Kuss] had a few days last week when he was not 100% feeling fit but the really hard days are still far away so we are hopeful that they will do well,” Niermann said.
 
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Matteo is a better GC guy than Sep. Sep just doesn't have the mentality for it year in and year out.
I understand why that can be a tempting notion, it’s also kind of a put down. It’s not like he melted under pressure when thrust into the lead at the Vuelta. So perhaps it’s that he’s really smart, self-aware and knows what his strengths and weaknesses are and chooses to maximize those.
 
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I understand why that can be a tempting notion, it’s also kind of a put down. It’s not like he melted under pressure when thrust into the lead at the Vuelta. So perhaps it’s that he’s really smart, self-aware and knows what his strengths and weaknesses are and chooses to maximize those.
It’s hard to be put under pressure when the two best riders are your own teammates though. Jumbo neutralized everything and the others let them have their pissing contest like Pog at the Giro. In order to get a true reading if he could handle it Roglic and Vingegaard would have to be on other teams, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t rise to the occasion upon getting the lead. Since he absolutely did and showed it in the TT.
 
It’s hard to be put under pressure when the two best riders are your own teammates though. Jumbo neutralized everything and the others let them have their pissing contest like Pog at the Giro. In order to get a true reading if he could handle it Roglic and Vingegaard would have to be on other teams, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t rise to the occasion upon getting the lead. Since he absolutely did and showed it in the TT.
He needs 2 GT's to get in top shape
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It’s hard to be put under pressure when the two best riders are your own teammates though. Jumbo neutralized everything and the others let them have their pissing contest like Pog at the Giro. In order to get a true reading if he could handle it Roglic and Vingegaard would have to be on other teams, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t rise to the occasion upon getting the lead. Since he absolutely did and showed it in the TT.
I didn’t say it was the same kind of pressure as going into a GT as the leader and winning that way. The sparse evidence we have for how he would handle being under the bright lights with tons of media attention—as well as intra-team tension—was that Vuelta. Not much to extrapolate from that singular instance. But at least it’s something we could see, not an assumption about his psyche’ as pro.
 
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Interesting viewpoint. I think he's wrong tbh, i.e. he gained (with bonus seconds as well) 3:02 on Rog & Vinge via a breakaway on stage 6.

That was the main gift, aka the 'gift' his team gave him. A literal head start in GC over his teammates.
It's not an interesting viewpoint it's basically verifiably wrong. Either he's just talking *** or lying to himself.