Tobias Foss has caused a sensation at the world time trial championships. In Wollongong, Australia, the Norwegian rider of Team Jumbo-Visma took the gold medal. It meant his first victory in international professional cycling.
“I feel as though I am dreaming. I don’t believe it. It’s surreal”, Foss said afterwards. The Norwegian was not considered a top favourite but surprised everybody. “My legs felt strong during the time trial. After my races in Canada, I had faith that my form was sound. But the outcome is better than I could have ever imagined. I will try to enjoy it; I think I don’t realise it yet.”
Foss instantly demonstrated his ability to contend for the medals on a difficult course. “I had to keep pushing throughout the time trial. It was very technical and tricky. I tried to ride uphill fast and catch my breath downhill. The coaching was excellent. We prepared well.”
For the 25-year-old Norwegian, it is still surreal that Foss now gets to shine in the rainbow jersey for a year. “Today, I hoped to ride in the top ten, maybe even the top five. Now I am a world champion and get to wear the rainbow jersey for a year. That’s very special. I’m going to honour the jersey as well I can and, most of all, enjoy it immensely”, the world champion said.
Foss had claimed three titles at the Norwegian championships, but this is his first professional victory on the world stage. He won the U23 race Tour de l’Avenir in 2019. The world title time trial in Australia meant his second season victory for national champion Foss.