Foss just misses out on stage win at Renewi Tour
Tobias Foss has just missed out on a stage win in the third stage of the Renewi Tour. In the Flemish hills, the Norwegian cyclist narrowly missed the opportunity to join the group competing for the stage victory.
With no less than thirteen climbs, the queen stage of the Renewi Tour resembled a spring classic. Climbs such as the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg, known from the Tour of Flanders, were the highlights of this third stage. On the second climb of de Muur, a group with some of the favourites got away. They fought for the stage win in the streets of the finish town of Geraardsbergen. Former Team Jumbo-Visma rider Mike Teunissen was the fastest. Foss crossed the line a few seconds behind as one of the first of a thinned peloton.
"I was in a bit of a weaker position on the second climb of the Muur van Geraardsbergen”, Foss said about the moment the breakaway happened. "I had good legs today. I stayed calm and didn't blow myself up. As a result, I was always at the front of the peloton. It's a shame that we couldn't catch the group in front. It has been a long time since I rode a stage of the caliber of a classic. My form is good, and I still feel like I'm improving every day at this stage of the season. This week's stage races suit me well. I am in a good mood in Belgium and the Netherlands. It hasn't been an easy season, but I keep working hard to overcome challenging moments. Hopefully, there will be something good at the end of the season.”
"I had good legs today"
Sports director Arthur van Dongen was happy. "One of our goals was to get a good ranking with Tobias. It's a shame that we could not go for the stage win. As a team, we rode a bit in the lee, but Tobias showed his good side on this important day for the GC. A lot can happen in the coming days, and we hope to be able to fight for the stage wins again with Olav Kooij.”