The dramatic situation that unfolded on the Alto de l'Angliru was a surprise at the Vuelta a Espana. Sepp Kuss was dropped from the front of the race when riding only with teammates Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard, and the reactions to that moment are quite sharp.
"He (Primoz Roglic, ed.) wants to race... He wants to win... He knew Sepp was dropped, he was contradicting himself all the time," Sean Kelly said. Kuss at the time when he was dropped sent words through the team radio. And then, according to Mikel Landa, did not work to close the gap in the final kilometers. That was a confusing situation for spectators but moreover was the acceleration of Primoz Roglic to drop the American, not waiting for him - whilst Jonas Vingegaard followed the Slovenian.
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"I think it's so unloyal, I think it's so disrespectful," Adam Blythe launches. "He (Sepp Kuss, ed.) saved his (Primoz Roglic, ed.) jersey a numerous amount of times, he might not have won all his Grand Tours if it weren't for Sepp. One time he could change this kid's life forever, and you don't have the decency or respect towards Sepp Kuss to say 'we're gonna support you me and Jonas'".
"He's suggesting he has a responsibility to himself, and the responsibility to himself is to push as hard as he can and win as much as he possibly can, and there lies the problem," Orla Chennaoui added. "It's man on man, and it simply goes against everything that we say about this beautiful sport and we love about it. One rider crosses the line with their riders in the air but it takes an entire team to take him there. On this occasion one rider will cross the line and they're having to do it with the remainder of the team who's supporting those three and not one rider in particular. It rips up that rule book entirely."