Thor Hushovd

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Thor Hushovd
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Hushovd at the 2011 Tour of California
Personal information
Full nameThor Hushovd
NicknameThe God of Thunder
The Bull from Grimstad
Born (1978-01-18) 18 January 1978 (age 41)
Grimstad, Norway
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleCaptain
Rider typeSprinter
Classic specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2008 Crédit Agricole
2009–2010 Cervélo TestTeam
2011 Garmin–Cervélo
2012–2014 BMC Racing Team
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Points classification (2005, 2009)
10 individual stages (2002, 2004, 20062011)
2 TTT stages (2005, 2011)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2007)
Vuelta a España
Points classification (2006)
3 individual stages (2005, 2006, 2010)

Single-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (2010)
National Road Race Championships
(2004, 2010, 2013)
National Time Trial Championships
(2002, 2004, 2005)
Gent–Wevelgem (2006)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2009)
Hushovd (in yellow) at the 2011 Tour de France. Hushovd held the overall lead of the race from the second to the ninth stage of the race. Tour de France 2011 - Lorient - 9535.JPG
Hushovd (in yellow) at the 2011 Tour de France. Hushovd held the overall lead of the race from the second to the ninth stage of the race.
Hushovd at the 2006 Tour de France; his win in the prologue was one of two stage wins during the race. Thor Hushovd Prolog2006.jpg
Hushovd at the 2006 Tour de France; his win in the prologue was one of two stage wins during the race.

Thor Hushovd (born 18 January 1978) is a Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer. [1] He is known for sprinting and time trialing; Hushovd is a three-time Norwegian national road race champion (2004, 2010, 2013), [2] and was the winner of the 2010 World Road Race Championships. He was the first Norwegian to lead the Tour de France, and first Scandinavian to win the road race in cycling world road championship. He is also the Scandinavian with the most stage wins in Grand Tours. He is widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time. He retired in September 2014. [3]

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Norwegian National Road Race Championships

The Norwegian National Road Race Championships, have been held annually with an event for each category of rider; Men, Women, junior riders & under 23 riders, since 1946. The event also includes the Norwegian National Time Trial Championships and the Norwegian National Criterium Championships.

2010 UCI Road World Championships – Mens road race

The Men's Individual Road Race of the 2010 UCI Road World Championships cycling event took place on 3 October in Melbourne and concluded in Geelong, Australia. Thor Hushovd claimed the World Championship in a sprint finish, to become the first Norwegian to win the World Championship road race.

Contents

Career

Born in Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway, Thor won the under-23 time trial world championship and the under-23 versions of Paris–Roubaix and Paris–Tours before turning professional in 1998. He was Norwegian time trial champion in 2004 and 2005 and road race champion in 2004 and 2010. In 2006, he won seven UCI ProTour races and two stages of the Tour de France. He won the prologue in Strasbourg and led after the first day despite a cut arm. He continued with stitches and regained the yellow jersey after stage 2 with a third place. He won the last stage, beating Robbie McEwen in a sprint, thus making him the only person to win the first stage or prologue and the last stage of the Tour de France in the same year. In the 2006 Vuelta a España he won stage 6, wore the golden jersey for three stages and won the points classification

Grimstad Municipality in Aust-Agder, Norway

Grimstad is a municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It belongs to the geographical region of Sørlandet. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Grimstad. Some of the villages in Grimstad include Eide, Espenes, Fevik, Fjære, Håbbestad, Hesnes, Homborsund, Jortveit, Kroken, Landvik, Nygrenda, Prestegårdskogen, Reddal, Roresand, Rønnes, Skiftenes, Tjore, Vik, and Østerhus.

Aust-Agder County (fylke) of Norway

Aust-Agder is one of 18 counties (fylker) in Norway, bordering Telemark, Rogaland, and Vest-Agder counties. In 2002, there were 102,945 inhabitants, which is 2.2% of the total population in Norway. Its area is 9,212 square kilometres (3,557 sq mi). The administrative center of the county is the town of Arendal.

Paris–Roubaix French one-day cycling race, one of the five monuments

The Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional men's bicycle road race in northern France, starting north of Paris and finishing in Roubaix, at the border with Belgium. It is one of cycling's oldest races, and is one of the 'Monuments' or classics of the European calendar, and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking.

At the 2008 Tour de France, Hushovd won stage 2 in a bunch finish. [4]

2008 Tour de France

The 2008 Tour de France was the 95th running of the race. The event took place from 5 to 27 July. Starting in the French city of Brest, the tour entered Italy on the 15th stage and returned to France during the 16th, heading for Paris, its regular final destination, which was reached in the 21st stage. The race was won by Carlos Sastre.

2009

In 2009, Hushovd rode for the Cervélo TestTeam. [5] He took one of the team's first victories of the season by winning Stage 3 of the Tour of California. At the Tour de France, he won green jersey for the points classification for the second time, ahead of Mark Cavendish. Typically the sprinter with the most stage victories wins the points classification, though Thor only won one stage, stage 6, while Cavendish won six. After a controversy on stage 14, where Cavendish was relegated to the back of the peloton for impeding Hushovd, Hushovd attacked alone on stage 17, a mountain stage, winning two intermediate sprints. [6] [7] Hushovd won stage 3 at the Tour of Missouri – 114 mi (183 km) over rolling hills – in September 2009, in a sprint finish.

Cervélo TestTeam cycling team (2009-2010)

Cervélo TestTeam is a former professional cycling team, whose license was held in Switzerland by the cycling management company Cycling United Racing. The team's title sponsor was Cervélo, a Canadian manufacturer of bicycle frames that previously exclusively supplied CSC–Saxo Bank. They competed in 2010 as a UCI Professional Continental team, but folded after the season.

The 2009 Amgen Tour of California was the 4th running of an annual cycling race contained within the state of California. The event was staged February 14–22 and began with a prologue in the state capital of Sacramento. The event was held as part of the schedule of both the UCI America Tour and USA Cycling Professional Tour. The race was won by Levi Leipheimer for the third consecutive year.

2009 Tour de France

The 2009 Tour de France was the 96th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It started on 4 July in the principality of Monaco with a 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) individual time trial which included a section of the Circuit de Monaco. The race visited six countries: Monaco, France, Spain, Andorra, Switzerland and Italy, and finished on 26 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

2010

On 9 May 2010, Hushovd broke his collarbone on a training ride after colliding with a young girl. [8] At the Tour de France, Hushovd won the third stage, which was an unusual one for the Tour since it featured 13 km (8.1 mi) of cobblestones. He prevailed in the sprint involving five other riders. [9] That victory netted him the Green jersey, but he ultimately lost it to Alessandro Petacchi of the Lampre–Farnese Vini team.

2010 Tour de France

The 2010 Tour de France was the 97th edition of the Tour de France cycle race, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It started on 3 July with an 8.9 km prologue time trial in Rotterdam, the first start in the Netherlands since 1996. The race visited three countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and France, and finished on 25 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Cobblestone natural building material based on cobble-sized stones, and is used for pavement roads, streets, and buildings

Cobblestone is a natural building material based on cobble-sized stones, and is used for pavement roads, streets, and buildings.

Alessandro Petacchi Italian road bicycle racer

Alessandro Petacchi is an Italian former professional road racing cyclist, who last rode for the Southeast Pro Cycling team. A specialist sprinter, Petacchi has won 48 grand tour stages with wins of the points jersey in the Giro d'Italia in 2004, the Vuelta a España in 2005 and the Tour de France in 2010. He also won the classics Milan – San Remo in 2005 and Paris-Tours in 2007. His career spanned over 18 years during which he earned 183 victories.

On 3 October 2010, Thor won the road world championship, which started in Melbourne and finished in Geelong, Australia. He was the first Norwegian to win the rainbow jersey. [10] [11] VeloNews said: "Hushovd...dominated a bunch sprint at the end of a thrilling 267km race, beating Denmark’s Matti Breschel and Australia’s Allan Davis." The favorite, Philippe Gilbert, was caught with three kilometers to go. [12]

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km2 (3,858.1 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 4.9 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

Geelong City in Victoria, Australia

Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Geelong is 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the second largest Victorian city, with an estimated urban population of 192,393 as of June 2016.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

2011

During the 2011 Tour de France Hushovd claimed the Maillot Jaune and surprised many by keeping it through several hilly stages that were not expected to suit him and second placed Cadel Evans could not over turn the 1 second advantage that Hushovd held. Thor surprised his fans again on stage 13 by being one of the first riders over the Hors Categorie Col d'Aubisque and using his superior descending skills (he was clocked at 69 mph at one point) to catch and pass the leaders David Moncoutie and Jérémy Roy to take the stage. He used his descending skills again on stage 16 when he, Edvald Boasson Hagen and teammate Ryder Hesjedal went clear on the descent of the Col de Manse (a descent that overall runner up Andy Schleck deemed too dangerous for the tour) and beat Boasson Hagen in the final sprint to take his second stage of the tour.

2012

In 2012, Hushovd joined BMC Racing Team on a three-year contract. [13] Suffering from a then unknown medical condition, he had to abandon the Giro d'Italia and cancelled his scheduled participation to the Tour de France and Olympic road race. [14] The medical impairment was later identified as a "virus and muscle inflammation" by team doctors. [15] Thor hardly achieved any notable result in the season except fourteenth at Paris-Roubaix. In October, he said that he hoped to put the bad year and the virus that ruined it behind him and that he was optimistic and motivated about the 2013 season. [16]

2013

Hushovd earned his first win since the 2011 Tour of Britain with a sprint victory over Tom-Jelte Slagter of Blanco Pro Cycling on stage 1 of the Tour du Haut Var in February. It was also his first victory with BMC Racing Team. [17]

Retirement

In June 2014 Thor announced that he would retire after the 2014 UCI Road World Championships after struggling with Infectious mononucleosis since 2012. [18] [19] However, after a hard crash suffered at the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Hushovd said he would not participate in the World Championships. [20] His last race was the GP Impanis-Van Petegem in September. [3]

2015 Thor announced that he had started working on organizing an all-Norwegian UCI WorldTeam, with a plan to launch in the 2017 season to coincide with the hosting of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in the Norwegian city of Bergen. [21]

Personal life

Thor currently resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco, [22] [23] with his wife Susanne, [24] and their daughter Isabel (b. 2009). [25] The Hushovds also maintain an offseason residency in Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway. [26]

Career achievements

Major results

1998
1st Jersey rainbow chrono.svg Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
1st Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
1st Paris–Tours Espoirs
2000
6th Time trial, Olympic Games
2001
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Normandie
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Sweden
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st Stage 5 (TTT) Tour de France
2002
1st Stage 18 Tour de France
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Ain
2003
1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León
2004
National Road Championships
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Time trial
1st Overall French Road Cycling Cup
1st Stage 8 Tour de France
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st Classic Haribo
1st Tour de Vendée
2005
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification Tour de France
Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 7
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
3rd Milan–San Remo
2006
Tour de France
1st Prologue & Stage 20
Held Jersey yellow.svg after Stage 1 & 3
Vuelta a España
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stage 6
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification Four Days of Dunkirk
2007
1st Stage 4 Tour de France
1st Stage 7 Giro d'Italia
2008
Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Prologue & Stage 1
Paris–Nice
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Prologue
1st Stage 2 Tour de France
1st Stage 1 Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 6 Four Days of Dunkirk
2009
Tour de France
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 6
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 17
Tour of Missouri
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 6
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Stage 3 Tour of California
1st Stage 4 Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
3rd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Milan–San Remo
2010
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 3 Tour de France
1st Stage 6 Vuelta a España
2nd Paris–Roubaix
2011
Tour de France
1st Stages 2 (TTT), 13 & 16
Held Jersey yellow.svg from Stage 2–9
1st Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 4 Tour of Britain
8th Paris–Roubaix
2013
National Road Championships
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race
2nd Time trial
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Arctic Race of Norway
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
Tour de Pologne
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Stage 3 Tour of Austria
1st Stage 1 Tour of Beijing
4th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
5th Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Stage 1
6th GP Ouest–France
8th Vattenfall Cyclassics
2014
9th Gent–Wevelgem

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia DNF DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF 112 118 104 116 120 138 96 106 111 68
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España DNF 82 DNF

Monuments results timeline

Monument200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Milan–San Remo 48 73 3 13 9 3 6 127 DNF 56
Tour of Flanders 46 81 38 31 14 60 27 57 53 55 DNF 90
Paris–Roubaix 63 DNF 33 17 9 43 DNF 3 2 8 14 35 19
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

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Awards
Preceded by
Petter Northug
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
Alexander Dale Oen