Tobias Foss wins the 56th edition
25 August 2019

LE CORBIER (Savoie) – This is a first for Norway, which, thanks to Tobias Foss, becomes the thirteenth country to appear on the Tour de l’Avenir ranking, which already included two other Scandinavian countries, Sweden since 1976 with Sven-Ake Nilsson and Denmark through Lars Bak (2005).
But Norway managed a demonstration of strength and Tobias Foss, undoubtedly the strongest, owes part of his success to the efficiency of his team-mates who were two to support him this Sunday in the big final stage, and especially the national champion Torjus Sleen. Norway also won the final classification of the International Cycling Union U23 Nations Cup, of which the Tour de l’Avenir is the final and therefore decisive round. The Nordic country is therefore asserting itself as a rising power at the international level.

Tobias FOSS (NOR) wins the Tour de l’Avenir 2019. Photo © Tour de l’Avenir / E. Haumesser

Tobias Foss, 22, was the most consistent throughout the ten days of racing, an unusual length for most of his opponents. He probably also benefited from the experience he had accumulated while he was already in his fourth participation in the Tour de l’Avenir, where he had obtained two “top 10” finishes: 7th in 2017 and 9th in 2018. He thus completes his “hope” career with this major victory in his age category and can now look forward to a bright future on the upper level, encouraged by the example of Colombian Egan Bernal, winner of the last Tour de France in 2017 and Slovenian Tadej Pogaçar, his predecessor on the list of winners who has already won major races, including the World Tour (Tour of California).

Ecuadorian climber

The last day was that of the great passes, with the Glandon from the start, just before crossing the Croix de Fer, then the Mollard pass and its dangerous descent, with the very difficult climb to the Corbier resort to finish.
And it was the Ecuadorian Jefferson Cepeda who proved to be superior to his breakaway companions, initially composed of twelve riders, but disintegrated as the difficulties progressed. A significant victory that comes after the triumph of his compatriot Richard Carapaz, winner of the Tour of Italy. To be noted is the remarkable 5th place in the stage of Eritrean Girmay, although he was classified as a sprinter after his victory at the expense of… Greipel on the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, which shows that the Tour de l’Avenir has not failed in its vocation to reflect the globalisation of cycling, which is becoming more and more obvious.

Jefferson CEPEDA (ECU) wins the final stage at Corbier. Photo © E. Garces

Despite everything, this particularly difficult stage pronounced the status quo at the final podium level. Tobias Foss even added a little more to his final margin, while Italian Giovanni Aleotti stayed in second place and Belgian Ilan Van Wilder completed the podium, which France’s Clément Champoussin, 4th, could not contest.

Norwegian Tobias FOSS surrounded by Belgian Ilan VAN WILDER, second (left) and Italian Giovanni ALEOTTI, third (right) Photo © Tour de l’Avenir / E. Haumesser

In the end, eight nations won the stages: Denmark; Switzerland (2); Great Britain (2); Ireland on behalf of the formation of the World Cycling Centre; Colombia; Australia; Hungary and Ecuador. This very moving edition also saw five different leaders with the Dane Jörgensen, the Norwegian Foss who had already taken the yellow jersey for the first time in the Massif Central, the French Guglielmi, the Italian Aleotti, the Belgian Vansevenant and therefore Tobias Foss who saw most of his opponents crack one after the other.

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