Pro Cycling Thread 2023

Would be great to see Sepp vs. Keegan at Leadville


A lot of people have speculated that he is one of the few (potentially only?) guy who could challenge Keegan at Leadville.

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The Hype is Real


Love the GC Kuss sticker. Also the pink-yellow-red stripes and wheel details for the GT sweep. Coolest bike in the peloton tomorrow. :sunglasses:


My random vuelta thoughts…

Long term domestiques are the backup nfl quarterback of the pro peloton. Most popular guys and must have a personality that suits their role

GC kuss is still a meme and I don’t think it’ll happen again. I’m overjoyed he got this opportunity and win

Every major gc team sucked at tactics in this race. They should be thanking jumbo for occupying the media’s coverage

This race was much more engaging because of all of these mistakes and if jumbo was as disciplined as they could’ve been we would all be complaining about how boring it was

Anyone who tells you the strongest rider should win hasn’t raced in a while. Races at every level require tactics and/or teamwork as much as they require fitness. Likewise, team dynamics carry over beyond a single day, race, and season

Kuss was not gifted this win. Throughout the entire three weeks he was varying from first to third strongest rider on his team (and in the race). Tactics and the race situation led to his win but his strength made that possible


Now you can buy a tee shirt…


Always love the Vuelta: the continual doses of mountains, the end of term feeling, a season’s fatigue in the legs, all contributing to it being the least controllable and least controlled of the grand tours, hence the most enjoyable to watch for me.

Huge fan of Sepp Kuss, so overjoyed to see him take the maillot rojo this year as the planets aligned. Key factor being his form and remarkable resilience after riding all three grand tours, placing in the top 15 in the earlier two despite his super-domestique duties. And then the racing chops to take maximum advantage of the circumstances he found himself in, seeing it through and getting his team onboard.

Like others, I’m not expecting a repeat next year, which makes this one all the more special. Indeed, despite a soft spot for Kuss & Roglic, one team dominating soon gets fans’ backs up, and another season or so of this and we’ll all be booing JumboV. So make hay while the sun shines fellas - or depart to other teams :wink: - and let’s hope for some more competition next season and beyond. I’ll certainly be cheering on Pog come the tour, and am even beginning to warm to Remco a teeny tiny bit… :laughing:

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40€… I guess they’ve found an alternate source of financing the team.

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Don’t forget another $40 for shipping to the US…

My wife saw it and said she wanted one, but I think well pass on a $80 shirt ha


Yeah, I clicked the link on IG to buy it and immediately went “ahhhh don’t think I will.”


By the sounds of every Podcast Kuss is next door neighbour or old, school friend to everyone in America anyway, just get him to put them in his suitcase :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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I was slightly saddened to hear pundits comment things like “he’s answering with a smile”. They’re doing commentary work for over a decade and they’re only now noticing this? Sepp never pouts, is always nice to everyone and never has a bad thing to say about anyone. He might leave a pound of flesh on the tarmac and still stops for a Q&A at the line looking like a beaten up :grinning: emoji.


Indeed. I don’t need a season of this. Thank goodness WvA didn’t a few monuments on top of this or I would have taken a couple years absence. As it is Giro and Vuelta were already unwatchable for me.

They want 37.95 Euros to ship it to the U.S. too!

That’s insane, profiting off the whole SEPPtember is smart but I’m not paying that much for a shirt :joy:

If you go direct to instead of the Jumbo store the shipping is slightly better. They claim they have free shipping over a certain threshold but not sure if it applies to US shipping.


you all obviously don’t live in Australia. Getting any cycling merch shipped here costs more than my damn bike.


Not sure if this is behind a paywall, but Sepp took 808 KOMs in 2023, more than any pro athlete. Ton of KOMs in Giro, TdF and Vuelta.


Maybe that’s how the KOM jersey in the grand tours should be awarded: not based on position crossing the KOM points, but lowest segment time.

Could make things spicy in the GC group if someone going for the KIM jersey puts their team on the front simply to get the fastest time on the segment :rofl:


I think the grand tours are missing out.

They should have a jersey for the guy with highest average power
A jersey for the most time in front of the peloton.
A jersey for the last place person on the tour. Hopefully some fun competition in the back to not be last place.

It’s long overdue for domestiques to get some love.

Anyone else have any ideas for jerseys?