Tobias Foss was the surprise winner of the men's time trial crown on day one of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships.
The Norwegian cyclist won the race in Wollongong, Australia by 2.95 seconds on Sunday (18 September).
Stefan Kung of Switzerland was second, with Remco Evenepoel third just days after he won the Vuelta a Espana grand tour title.
Foss described it as "A perfectly executed race but still a completely unexpected win." He also took part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021 in both the time trial and the road race.
British rider Ethan Hayter finished fourth despite suffering a puncture on the road and needing to change his wheel. He had the fastest split times overall before that stage.
Third gold for van Dijk
The women's race was won for the second successive year by Ellen van Dijk representing the Netherlands.
It's her third gold overall at the event, having first claimed the rainbow stripes in 2013.
On Sunday, the Dutch rider beat Grace Brown of Australia, with Switzerland's Marlen Reusser taking bronze.
Olympic champion Annemiek van Vleuten finished seventh.
Vittoria Guazzini of Italy was the fastest rider under the age of 23 to complete the course, to claim the first ever women's rainbow bands for the age category. The men's under 23 individual time trial takes place on Monday.
UCI road cycling worlds 2022 - Women’s elite individual time trial (TT) results - Podium, top eight, U23 winner
- Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) 44:28:60 - Gold medallist.
- Grace Brown (Australia) 44:41:33 - Silver medallist.
- Marlen Reusser (Belgium) 45:10:28 - Bronze medallist.
- Vittoria Guazzini (Italy) 45:20:71 - Fastest rider under the age of 23 to complete the course, to claim the rainbow bands for the age category.
- Leah Thomas (USA) 45:47:07.
- Kristen Faulkner (USA) 45:54:05.
- Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) 46:11:62.
- Georgia Baker (Australia) 46:15:04.
UCI road cycling worlds 2022 - Men’s elite individual time trial (TT) results - Podium, top eight
- Tobias Foss (Norway) 40:02:78 - Gold medallist.
- Stefan Kung (Switzerland) 40:05:73 - Silver medallist.
- Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) 40:11:94 - Bronze medallist.
- Ethan Hayter (Great Britain) 40:42:73.
- Stefan Bissegger (Switzerland) 40:49:59.
- Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) 40:50:91.
- Filippo Ganna (Italy) 40:58:10.
- Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) 41:01:76.
The men's under 23 individual time trial takes place on Monday (see full schedule below).
2022 UCI Road World Championships: Schedule and results
An estimated 300,000 spectators are expected to line the course while over 300 million viewers globally will watch the event during the eight days of competition.
Here's the programme of the eight-day road cycling festival.
(All times are local - AEST/UTC+10)
- Sunday 18 September
09:35 - Women’s Elite individual time trial - won by Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands). Under 23 title won by Vittoria Guazzini (Italy).
13:30 -Men’s Elite individual time trial - won by Tobias Foss (Norway).
- Monday 19 September
13:20 Men’s Under 23 individual time trial
- Tuesday 20 September
9:30 Women’s Junior individual time trial
13:20 Men’s Junior individual time trial
- Wednesday 21 September
14:20 Team time trial mixed relay
- Friday 23 September
8:30 Men’s Junior road race
13:00 Men’s Under 23 road race
- Saturday 24 September
8:00 Women’s Junior road race
11:55 Women’s Elite road race
- Sunday 25 September
10:00 Men’s Elite road race
A more detailed schedule and live updates are available on the Race Hub of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong
2022 UCI Road World Championships: How to watch TV broadcast and online livestreaming coverage
To know the list of the official broadcasters showing the 2022 UCI Road World Championships check out the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) website.