Norway’s Foss wins cycling world time-trial crown

Norway's Tobias Foss pulled off a huge upset to dethrone two-time defending champion Filippo Ganna and claim a maiden time-trial title at cycling's road world championships in Australia on Sept. 18.

The 25-year-old conquered the 34.2-kilometer circuit in 40 minutes 02.78 seconds to edge Swiss powerhouse Stefan Kung by 2.95 seconds.

Belgium's Remco Evenepoel, fresh from winning the Vuelta a Espana Grand Tour this month, was 9.16 seconds adrift in third on the opening day of the championships at Wollongong, 80 kilometers south of Sydney.

Italy's Ganna, the current standard bearer in time-trial racing, could only finish seventh, 56 seconds off the pace.

Slovenia's two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar, who is not a pure time trial specialist, came sixth.

Foss won the Tour de l'Avenir in 2020, but was not among the favorites and he was stunned by the win.

"This is some kind of dream, I don't believe it, it's so unreal," he said.

"My legs were really good ... I was confident I was in good shape, but this is more than I can dream for."

Kung, who was fifth at the world titles last year, was fastest through both the first and second time checks and looked destined to win. But he lost 13 seconds over the final phase.

Home favorite Lucas Plapp set the early pace before European champion Stefan Bissegger went faster, the first rider to average more than 50 kilometers per hour, until his time was shattered by Foss.

Britain's Ethan Hayter looked destined to go close to Foss, but disaster struck mid-race when his chain came off forcing him to change bikes and he finished fourth.

Last year's runner-up, Wout van Aert of Belgium, was a notable absentee.

Van Aert has opted to focus on the...

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