Road World Championship: Tobias Foss wins time trial gold with GB’s Ethan Hayter fourth


A two-time national time trial champion, Foss won his first world title in the event for Norway
Place: Wollongong, Australia Dates: September 18-25
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Norway’s Tobias Foss won a surprise gold in the time trial at the World Road Championships in Australia, as Britain’s Ethan Hayter finished fourth.

Foss’s strong finish was crucial as he edged Switzerland’s Stefan Kung by 2.95 seconds in Wollongong.

Hayter had to change bikes after a mechanical problem in his race, finishing almost 36 seconds behind the winner and 30 seconds off the podium.

In the women’s category, Ellen van Dijk from the Netherlands defended her title.

The 35-year-old finished ahead of Australia’s Grace Brown and European champion Marlen Reusser of Switzerland.

It was a disappointment for Van Dijk’s compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten, as the Olympic champion managed only seventh.

Ellen van Dijk is on the podium
Van Dijk’s first world title came in 2008 when he won gold in the Manchester scratch race on the track.

Van Dijk more than matched Brown’s valiant effort to seal a home win in 12.73sec. to win in 44:28.60.

“I never expected to win. I didn’t think it was the perfect course for me, but I had a good mental and physical approach with the coach,” Van Dijk said.

“I thought I was going to give it my all today. A podium would have been nice, but if not, it’s not, I still had a great year. I never thought I was going to win today.”

A twisty technical course along the coast of New South Wales also made it difficult for Italian favorite Filippo Ganna in the men’s race, trying to win a third title in a row, he could only finish seventh.

Remco Evenepoel from Belgium, who won the Vuelta a España last weekend, placed third, adding silver and bronze from the 2019 and 2021 events.

Kung looked on course to deny Foss the win, leading him by 12 seconds at the final control, but was unable to match the Norwegian at the finish line.

Foss broke down as he watched his rival cross the line and said the result was beyond his expectations.

“If I was in the top 10 today I would be very happy, so wearing that jersey will be very special,” he said. “I will try to respect you as much as I can.

“I really feel like I’m in a dream. I got signs that my legs were really good, but this is more than I can ever dream of.”