Road World Championship: Tobias Foss wins individual time trial

uSitting near the beautiful Wollongong City Beach, Tobias Foss had no idea what was happening to him. Whether it's the talent of the century Remco Evenepoel, the former tour dominator Tadej Pogacar or World Champion Filippo Ganna – the stars of the scene were all duped by the relatively unknown Norwegian in the individual time trial at the Road World Championships Down Under. With his tour de force in the Australian spring, the 25-year-old caused what is probably the biggest sensation since Bert Grabsch's time trial title in 2008.

"It feels like a dream. I can't believe it, it's so unreal. I have to realize that first. I would have been satisfied with a top ten placement,” said Foss, who needed 40:02 minutes for the 34.2-kilometer course. He was 2.95 seconds faster than Stefan Küng from Switzerland, who was always second. Third place went to Belgian Vuelta champion Evenepoel, nine seconds back.

Former Tour champion Pogacar (Slovenia) and favorite defending champion Filippo Ganna (Italy) only finished sixth and seventh. The two German starters Nikias Arndt and Miguel Heidemann also played no role as 16th and 20th.

That's how it went for the Germans

“The track was faster than expected. I found my rhythm well, but unfortunately I was two or three percent behind where I would have liked to be," Arndt told the German Press Agency. Heidemann said: "I'm super satisfied. It's my first world championship with the elite."

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