Gold medalist Tobias S Foss of Norway celebrates winning during the medal ceremony after the 95th UCI Road World Championships 2022 - Men Individual Time Trial a 34,2km individual time trial race from Wollongong to Wollongong / #Wollongong2022 / on September 18, 2022 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Norway’s Tobias Foss Is Surprise TT World Champion After Thrilling Sunday Race

Norwegian Tobias Foss is the 2022 UCI Time Trial World Champion after a blistering ride in Wollongong today.

Foss beat favourites including Filippo Ganna, Remco Evenepoel, Tadej Pogacar and Ethan Hayter to win his maiden Rainbow Jersey. Stefan Kung finished second with Remco Evenepoel third.

“Oh my God, did that just happen, did I just become World Champion!,” Foss said from the hot seat.

“If I were to finish 10th today I’d be really satisfied,’’ he later said as the victory started to sink in.

Norway’s Tobias Foss described his TT Rainbow Jersey win as ’unexpected and unbelievable’.

“To wear the jersey will be very special,” he continued. “The course was technical, you had plan ahead, to work on the climbs and make up time on the descents.”

“I think it’s unbelievable whats happening. I dreamed of this, but it’s unbelievable, especially when I have so much respect for the riders around me,” Foss added.

“My shape was good but the win was unexpected. I was eager to go deep so it was good preparation, good execution and it’s unreal.”

The ITT Rainbow Jersey is the biggest career victory for Jumbo Visma rider Foss, who also won the Norwegian National TT championships in 2020 & 2021.

Stefan Kung and Remco Evenepoel join Tobias Foss of Norway after the 95th UCI Road TT World Championships 2022. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Vuelta Winner Tired But Third

Speaking to journalists after the race, Vuelta Espana winner Remco Evenepoel said he “was a bit surprised to hear Tobias Foss had won the race.”

Remco Evenepoel after the conclusion of the Time Trial at the Wollongong World Championships.

“I think he (Foss) rode the best second half of the race. He was the strongest in the end.”

Asked how he was feeling after a gruelling three-week Vuelta then the long haul flight to Australia, Remco said the travel and fatigue was getting to him.

“I feel I could fall asleep right now. I will need fresh legs for what will be close to a 7-hour race next week.”

“At the beginning of the week I was not good, not good at all,” he said.

“I think what I could do on my bike today was good. I have nothing to complain, nothing to be sad about.”

“I want to enjoy a bit of the Australian culture and country,” he said.

Evenepoel concluded by saying he now needed to recover and “take this feeling to next Sunday’s road race.”

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