Thor Hushovd, Tour de France 2010 stage 1

THOR HUSHOVD

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

2013

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

2011

Tour de France; stage 13

Tour de France; stage 16

Tour de Suisse; stage four

Tour of Britain; stage four

2010

Norwegian road race champion

Tour de France; stage three

World road race champion

Vuelta a Espana; stage six

2009

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

2008

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

2007

Tour de France; stage four

Giro d'Italia; stage seven

2006

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

Ghent-Wevelgem

2005

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

2004

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

2003

Dauphiné Libéré; stage two

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; stage one

2002

Tour de France; stage 18

Tour de l'Ain; stage two

2001

Tour de France; team time trial

Tour de Normandie; overall

Tour de Normandie; points classification

Tour of Sweden; overall

Paris-Corrèze

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Thor Hushovd, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2011

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