Tobias Foss has become the brand new World Time Trial Champion after an impressive ride through the 34,2 km long parcour in Wollongong, Australia. The Norwegian rider, who was already a national champion for two years running, upset all the pre-race favorites spectacularly and claimed the coveted rainbow jersey.
Tobias Foss, who joined Jumbo Visma in 2020 after winning the Tour de l'Avenir, has progressed immensely within the Dutch team as shown by his Top 10 finish in the 2021 Giro d'Italia. His goal of becoming a GC contender led to overall development of his skills, with the time trial being one of them as always was riding well against the clock. Impressive performances in the Giro d'Italia as well as in the time trial nationals back in Norway confirmed his improvements.
After a quiet season in which he had to overcome several difficulties on and off the bike, he arrived to the World Championships with the assurance that he was capable of putting together a big performance as his training had indicated previously. However, the rolling course around Wollongong was a tough one to tackle and some strong streak of winds made it even more difficult for all riders. Tobias Foss, completed his ride in 40 minutes and 2 seconds, setting an impressive average speed of 51,257 km/h.
As one of the early starters, he sat in the hot seat for some time while some of the best time trial riders of the world failed to complete the race at a faster pace than him. Eventually Tobias Foss edged silver-medallist Stefan Kung by just 3 seconds whereas the third-placed rider, Remco Evenpoel, crossed the line with a disadvantage of 9 seconds. This way Tobias Foss takes his first-ever World Champion title and will wear the rainbow jersey in all the time trials that he starts from now until the next World Championships in September 2023.