Sepp Kuss rides into Madrid aboard Vuelta España winner's edition Cervelo S5

The GC overall winner Sepp Kuss rode into Madrid atop a rather special Cervélo S5 celebrating not only his win at La Vuelta a España but also the team's clean sweep of Grand Tour victories this year

Clock13:40, Monday 18th September 2023
Kuss and the Jumbo-Visma team celebrating a Grand Tour triple of victories with a custom Cervélo S5 to commemorate this feat

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Kuss and the Jumbo-Visma team celebrating a Grand Tour triple of victories with a custom Cervélo S5 to commemorate this feat

Jumbo-Visma arrived in Madrid with a podium lockout, with Sepp Kuss’ teammates Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard taking third and second respectively behind America’s second Vuelta overall winner. Not only did this come as Sepp Kuss’ maiden Grand Tour victory but also as the third and final instalment of Jumbo-Visma’s stranglehold on Grand Tour victories this year as they took a clean sweep at the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España.

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To celebrate this historic victory Sepp Kuss rode into Madrid aboard a custom edition Cervélo S5 with nods to the team's iconic season of Grand Tour racing. As you would expect there are plenty of red embellishments to the bike, in keeping with the red jersey, including detail on the brake levers and bottle cages. There is also a ‘GC Kuss’ logo adorning the junction between the top tube and seat post, in what has become something of a Sepp Kuss trademark.

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The custom design continues on the fork and wheels however, notes of pink and yellow also feature. This deviates away from the more customary celebration of the individual race victory and instead celebrates the overall victories in each of this year's Grand Tours.

This the first time in the history of the races that a single team has claimed the top step of the podium in all three Grand Tours in the same season.

The bike remained as stock, bar the paintwork, however a notable change for stage 21 was that Kuss was riding his S5 with a 1x configuration. It has been well covered that through the season and at this edition of the Vuelta a España, Jumbo-Visma have been using single ring set ups, however for the most part Sepp Kuss has opted to stay traditional and run a double chainset.

For this final stage, you can see that a single ring had been fitted, something that is becoming more and more commonplace in the Jumbo-Visma camp and currently only something that is available to teams sponsored by SRAM.

The Cervélo S5 aero bike is the out-and-out aero bike of choice for team Jumbo-Visma and has been used by the team on the sprint stages at this year's Vuelta a España. It features an integrated fork with a section of the fork steerer sitting in front of the head tube which increases stiffness and aerodynamic efficiency.

For a large portion of the Vuelta a España, Kuss actually chose to ride a Cervélo R5 climbing bike that offers a lighter weight package for the gradients on climbs like that of the Alto de L'Angliru. For the flatter stages where aerodynamics comes into consideration above the weight of a bike, the S5 is the bike of choice.

The Vuelta a España may be over, but there's still plenty of time to catch up on any racing you might have missed, with on-demand coverage and highlights available on GCN+. As for news, standings and race reports, make sure to check out our Vuelta a España landing page.

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