Not even many Norwegians had heard of cyclist Tobias Foss, but sports commentators claimed he made Norwegian cycling history by winning the UCI Road World Championship in tempo cycling in Wollongong, Australia over the weekend.
“It’s incredibly impressive,” Thor Hushovd, Norway’s best-known former world cycling champion, told TV2 on Sunday. “This was very surprising and very impressive.”
Foss was far from being viewed as a favorite in the World Championships, but ended up 2.95 seconds ahead of Stefan Küng and 9.16 seconds ahead of third-place winner Remco Evenepoel. Foss, who rides for Jumbo-Visma, was surprised himself, telling TV2 that “it feels like I’m dreaming. I can’t believe it. My legs were very good today, but this is more than I could dream about.”
Other Norwegian cycling stars including Alexander Kristoff and Dag Otto Lauritzen were also quick to congratulate the 25-year-old from Vingrom near Lillehammer. So was Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who called it “a great day for Norwegian cycling.”