Thor Hushovd: Rider Profile

Date of birth: 18/01/1978
From: Grimstad, Norway
Team: BMC Racing
Previous teams: Garmin (2011), Cervelo Test Team (2009-2010); Crédit Agricole (2000-2008)

Thor Hushovd career profile
Thor Hushovd took up cycling at the age of ten and promptly went on to win every single race in his first season. The Norwegian shot to prominence in 1998, winning the U23 World Time Trial Championships.

Hushovd turned professional with the Crédit Agricole squad in 2000 and soon made a name for himself, winning the Tour de Normandie and forming part of the stage-winning team time trial squad at the 2001 Tour de France, only his second year as a professional.

Finding his feet as a sprinter, he took individual stage wins in the Tour de France and the Dauphiné Libéré from an early stage in his career. He was also noted in the early part of his racing career for his overconfidence, although some would say this is a prerequisite for any budding bunch sprinter.

Despite taking prestigious stage victories across the Continent, the Classics still remained an ambition; this ambition was realised when Hushovd won Ghent-Wevelgem in 2006. He is ideally suited to races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders but his full potential has yet to be revealed, partly because he has never been part of a strong Classics squad.

Joining the Cervélo Test Team alongside Classics riders like Andreas Klier and Roger Hammond for the 2009 season was one of the reasons for this.

After winning the 2010 World Championship road race, Hushovd signed to Garmin-Cervelo for 2011 and announced his intention to focus on classics rather than chase the green points jersey at the Tour de France.

However, having come away from the 2011 classics empy-handed, Hushovd went on to excel in the Tour. He wore the yellow jersey in the opening week after Garmin-Cervelo won the stage two team time trial and then took a solo win on a tough mountain stage in the second week, his ninth Tour stage win.

Hushovd switched to the BMC Racing Team for 2012, but ended the season empty-handed after suffering from a virus.

Thor Hushovd results
Tour of Austria; stage three
Tour of Poland; stage three
Tour of Poland; stage five
Tour du Haut Var; stage one
Norwegian road race champion
Arctic Race of Norway; stage two
Arctic Race of Norway; stage four
Arctic Race of Norway; overall
Arctic Race of Norway; points classification
Tour of Beijing; stage one

Tour de France; stage 13
Tour de France; stage 16
Tour de Suisse; stage four
Tour of Britain; stage four

Norwegian road race champion
Tour de France; stage three
World road race champion
Vuelta a Espana; stage six

Tour de France; stage six
Tour de France; green jersey
Tour of California; stage three
Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne; stage 4
Tour of Missouri; stage three
Tour of Missouri; sprint classification
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Tour de France; stage two
Paris-Nice; prologue
Paris-Nice; points classification
Tour of the Mediterranean; stage one
Tour of Catalonia; prologue
Tour of Catalonia; stage one
Tour of Catalonia; points classification
Four Days of Dunkirk; stage six

Tour de France; stage four
Giro d’Italia; stage seven

Tour de France; stage 20
Tour de France; prologue
Vuelta a España; stage six
Vuelta a España; points classification
Dauphiné Libéré; stage seven
Tirenno-Adriatico; stage four
Tour of Catalonia; stage three
Tour of Catalonia; points classification
Four Days of Dunkirk; points classification

Tour de France; green jersey
Vuelta a España; stage five
Dauphiné Libéré; stage two
Tour of Catalonia; stage seven
Tour of Catalonia; points classification
National time trial champion

Tour de France; stage eight
Dauphiné Libéré; stage one
Coupe de France
Classic Haribo
Grand Prix de Denain
Tour de Vendée
National time trial champion
National road race champion

Dauphiné Libéré; stage two
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; stage one

Tour de France; stage 18
Tour de l’Ain; stage two

Tour de France; team time trial
Tour de Normandie; overall
Tour de Normandie; points classification
Tour of Sweden; overall

Thor Hushovd photos
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Thor Hushovd

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Thor Hushovd, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2011

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