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Durango’s Sepp Kuss climbing at the Critérium du Dauphiné

Impey takes overall lead

Durango’s Sepp Kuss keeps climbing his way up at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France.

Kuss, 23, is competing with his Team LottoNL-Jumbo WorldTour team at the International Cycling Union (UCI) World Tour event. He currently stands 75th in the general classification after finishing 75th on Tuesday’s 112½-mile hilly trek across the vineyards of the Beaujolais region between Montbrison and Belleville.


Pascal Ackermann won the second stage in a sprint Tuesday, while Daryl Impey claimed the overall lead thanks to a time bonus.

Previous leader Michal Kwiatkowski crashed toward the end of the stage. It was Ackermann’s second professional victory after he claimed a stage win at the Tour of Romandie earlier this season.

Impey finished the stage in third position and has a two-second lead over Kwiatkowski in the general classification. Kwiatkowsi’s Team Sky teammate Gianni Moscon is third, five seconds back of the lead time of 8 hours, 51 minutes, 46 seconds from Impey.

Brent Bookwalter is the top American. The BMC Racing Team rider is eighth in the GC, 13 seconds back.

The 24-year-old Ackermann won the sprint ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen while Kwiatkowski crashed on a roundabout with two kilometers left.

Wednesday’s third stage is a 21.75-mile time trial. That won’t favor Kuss, a climber who is there to try to help his teammates.

Kuss opened the week Sunday with a 134th-place finish in the opening 4.1-mile prologue. He finished 105th on the 111-mile Stage 1 to move up to 108th in the GC. He now stands 21st in the best young rider standings.

Stage 4 is another 112½-mile route that features mountain climbs. It is the longest remaining stage.

Kuss should enjoy the final four stages with mountain climbs every day until the Stage 7 finale Sunday in Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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