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Foss rolls on from strong Giro d'Italia to win Norwegian time trial title

MILAN ITALY MAY 30 Tobias Foss of Norway and Team Jumbo Visma during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 21 a 303km Individual Time Trial stage from Senago to Milano ITT UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 30 2021 in Milan Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Tobia Foss (Jumbo-Visma) during the final stage of the Giro d'Italia, with continued strong form from the Grand Tour rolling over into the race for the national time trial title (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) has taken out his first elite national title, securing the time trial win at the Norwegian championships with a clear victory in the fifty kilometre race against the clock. 

Foss finished with a time of 56:54, 1:19 ahead of his nearest rival Søren Wærenskjold (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) and 2:26 ahead of Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM), who beat Foss to the title last year.

"This was a very good time trial," said Foss. 

"It was going well from the start. I rode a good pace and was able to make my pedal strokes in a good rhythm from the start. Along the way, I got the feeling that I could decide this time trial in my favour. I even managed to enjoy my time trial.”

Foss has won the time trial title in both the junior and under 23 categories, but it was a first in the elite category for the now 24-year-old, who will also represent Norway in the time trial at the Olympic Games. 

The victory, his first of the season, comes after Foss took third on the opening time trial at the Giro d’Italia and 12th in the final time trial to Milan after an impressive and consistent Corsa Rosa. 

Jumbo-Visma's focus had been on supporting New Zealand rider George Bennett for the overall at the Grand Tour but when Foss continued to ride strongly as Bennett struggled in the tough cold weather conditions, the team changed strategy. 

The goal became a top-ten finish for Foss who was racing just his second Grand Tour and had left the first, last year's Giro, after the ninth stage. Continued solid results on the climbs and in the final time trial meant Foss ended up securing the goal with room to move, ending up in ninth on the overall, 11:44 down on winner Egan Bernal.

“It’s been going really well since the Giro and I’m glad I was able to continue the good form," said Foss.

Next stop for the 2019 Tour de l'Avenir winner will be the road race at the Norwegian Championships.

"This course is not really in my favour. Nevertheless, I want to ride in the front there too and seize any opportunity with both hands,” said Foss. 

“For now I’m just enjoying today’s victory. I’m looking forward to riding my time trials in the national jersey in the coming year."