Waterfall at breakneck pace in the Basque Country

Waterfall at breakneck pace in the Basque Country
Waterfall at breakneck pace in the Basque Country
Tobias Foss took a strong fourth place on the barely 14 kilometer long pace stage that opened the Basque Country around Bilbao on Monday.

– It is a great achievement by Tobias Foss, who probably goes under the radar for most Norwegians. It is incredibly gratifying from a Norwegian perspective. He is a future cycling star we will enjoy a lot, says TV 2’s cycling expert Mads Kaggestad.

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Lillehamringen finished 24 seconds behind teammate and stage winner Primoz Roglic.

Brandon McNulty from the UAE Team Emirates was closest to Jumbo-Visma’s Slovenes, but had to be beaten by two seconds.

Jumbo-Visma’s Jonas Vingegaard was third, 18 seconds behind Roglic.

Beat the Tour winners

There was great excitement about whether reigning Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar could run away with the victory, but the Slovenian had a hard time towards the end and settled in just behind Foss for fifth place.

– With his pace skills and climbing talent, Tobias is truly a man who can copy Carl Fredrik Hagen’s top ten position in a Grand Tour, and can realistically fight for a podium place in the Tour de France in the future with what he has shown so far, says Mads Kaggestad.

Kaggestad refers, among other things, to the Norwegian’s victory in what is called “the youth’s Tour de France”.

– It shows that the Tour de l’Avenir victory was no coincidence, and we see that those who win there often make it big. It is an indication of the rider to follow in the future and who can really go far. This is also a confirmation of that, around the Basque Country is a big ride with a sky-high level. You have Roglic as the winner and Pogacar in fifth place, they were number one and two in last year’s Tour de Fance. Then it’s fun for a Norwegian to beat the Tour de France winner, says Kaggestad.

Foss was earlier this year number 15 combined in a star-studded field in the stage race Tirreno-Adriatico. Pogacar won in the end.

Roglic has acquired a lead of 28 seconds down to Pogacar in the summary before the next five stages.

– It’s not just the two of us in this race. There are also others who participate, and we are only on the first stage. It was a good day for us, and we have to stay focused and look forward to the next few days, says Roglic in an interview shown on Eurosport.

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