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Thor Hushovd Photo Gallery
& Short Professional Biography

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Thor Hushovd

Thor Hushovd (born January 18, 1978) was a gifted sprinter and time trialist whose career shone in the early 2000s. That combination of speed and power allowed him to win classics, stages in all three Grand Tours and in 2010, the World Road Championships.

Early on the Norwegian powerhouse showed he could win, becoming the Under-23 World Time Trial Champion in 1998 as well as winning Paris-Roubaix Espoirs (under-23).

By 2001 he was winning shorter stage races and he was just getting started. In 2002 he won his first Tour de France stage and by 2005 he was able to win the Tour's points classification.

Though he broke his collarbone in May of 2010, he was still able to win a stage of the Tour in July and then the world road championship in Australia.

His 2011 Tour de France was remarkable. Though he wasn't a great climber, he could use his stunning descending skills to keep the GC lead from stage two until stage nine, where he lost the yellow jersey to Thomas Voeckler.

A look at his list of major victories below will show that he won nothing of note in 2012. His best placing was fourteenth in Paris-Roubaix. He was diagnosed with viral infection (probably mononucleosis).

He was able to recover so that in 2013, his last good year, he won both the GC and points classification of the Arctic Race of Norway as well as several stages in shorter stage races.

Still hampered by the lingering effects of his 2012 bout of mononucleosis and struggling to find his old form, he announced plans to retire after the world championships. He didn't get that far. He crashed in September and rode his last race in Belgium, the GP Impanis-Van Petegem

Les Woodland's book Paris-Roubaix, The Inside Story - All the bumps of cycling's cobbled classic is available as an audiobook here.

Major victories:

2001:

2002:

2003:

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2013:

Professional Teams:

2000 - 2008: Crédit Agricole
2009 - 2010: Cervélo Test Team
2011: Garmin-Cervélo
2012 - 2014: BMC

Nickname: The God of Thunder

Photos, all by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

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2001 Gent-Wevelgem. Thor Hushovd attacks on the Kemmelberg.

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2001 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Hushovd climbs the Old Kwaremont

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2001 Paris-Roubaix: Thor Hushovd on the Arenberg sector

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Thor Hushovd rides the 2002 Paris-Nice prologue individual time trial.

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2002 Tour de France, stage 18: Thor Hushovd (right) beats Christophe Mengin for the stage win.

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2003 Het Volk, on the Kwaremont.

PAris Roubaix

2004 Paris-Roubaix. Hushovd is in the grean & white Credit Agricole kit near the front.

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Another shot of Hushovd at the 2004 Paris-Roubaix

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After 2004 Tour de France stage one, the green points jersey.

2004 Tour de France stage eight

2004 Tour de France stage 8, Hushovd finishes ahead of Kim Kirchen

2004 Tour de France

2004 Tour de France, stage 18: Hushovd wins the field sprint for seventh place

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2005 Paris-Roubaix. Hushovd on on the Carrefour de l'Arbre sector.

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2005 Gent-Wevelgem, Thor Hushovd is on the Kemmelberg.

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2005 Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 4. Thos Hushovd leads a small group. That should be George Hincapie on his wheel

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2005 Tour de France, before the start of stage 21. Thor Hushovd signs autographs for fans. Note the green points jersey.

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2006 Tour of Flanders, on the Grammont.

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2006 Tour of Flanders. Another shot of Hushovd on the Grammont

Gent Wevvelgem

2006 Gent Wevelgem, the sprint for the line.

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Hushovd wins 2006 Gent-Wevelgem.

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2006 Critérium du Dauphiné stage three. Hushovd starts his time trial.

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2006 Critérium du Dauphiné stage five. Hushovd climbs the Izoard.

2006 Tour de France

After stage two of the 2006 Tour de France. Thor is in yellow.

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2006 Tour de France. Hushovd wins stage 20.

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Hushovd at the 2007 Tour of Flanders.

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Before the start of the 2007 Gent Wevelgem, Robbie McEwen with Hushovd.

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2007 Paris-Roubaix, on the Wallers-Arenberg sector.

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2007 Critérium du Dauphiné, stage 9 in Grenoble. Hushovd wins.

Tour de France

2007 Tour de France, London. Hushovd starts his prologue time trial.

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2007 Tour de France, stage 4. Hushovd wins in the city of Joigny

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2008 Milano-San Remo. Hushovd leads a group down the Poggio.

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2008 Critérium du Dauphiné stage 3. Hushovd is in the leader's jersey.

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2008 Tour de France, stage 11. Thor Hushovd leads in the field more than 14 minutes after Kurt-Asle Arvesen won the stage.

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2008 Tour de France, stage two. Hushovd beats Kim Kirchen

2009 Tour of Flanders

2009 Tour of Flanders. Hushovd on the Taaienberg.

2009 Paris-Roubaix

2009 Paris-Roubaix. Hushovd followed by Andreas Klier on the Mons en Pevele sector.

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2009 Tour de France Stage 6: Hushovd sits up and enjoys his win.

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After the 2009 Tour de France's ninth stage. Again, Hushovd is awarded a green sprinter's jersey.

2009 Tour de France

At the end of the 2009 Tour de France, in Paris. Hushovd is the points classification winner. At the far right, Bernard Hinault looks on.

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2010 Paris-Roubaix

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2010 Tour de France, stage 3. That's Geraint Thomas on Hushovd's wheel.

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2010 Vuelta a España stage six. Hushovd is all smiles as he wins.

World Road Championships

World Road Championships in Australia. Look who's first.

2010 world championships

2010 World Championships, Hushovd is now World Road Champion.

world Championships podium

The 2010 World Chmpionships podium, Matti Breschel (left, 2nd), Thor Hushovd (1st) & Allan Davis (right, 3rd)

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Before the start of the 2010 Giro di Lombardia, Hushovd wearing the rainbow jersey

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Hushovd racing the 2011 Milano-San Remo. They are at Capo Berta, on the coast, not far from the finish at San Remo.

Paris Roubaix

2011 Paris-Roubaix. Hushovd is racing on the Carrefour de l'Arbre sector.

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2011 Tour of Flanders, Juan Antonio Flecha leads Hushovd.

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2011 Tour of Flanders, Hushovd on the Paterberg

2011 Tour de France

2011 Tour de France, stage 13. Hushovd is climbing the Col d’Aubisque

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2011 Tour de France stage 16. Hushovd beats Edvald Boasson Hagen in Gap.

2011 Tour de France

2011 Tour de France stage 19: the sprinters make their way up to the finish at l'Alpe d'Huez.

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Hushovd riding for Norway at the 2011 World Championships at Rudersdal, Denmark. Hushovd finished 170th, with a large group, 8min 54sec after winner Mark Cavendish.

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2012 Tour of Flanders, on the Molenberg. This is the year Hushovd was uncompetitive because of an infection.

Paris Roubaix

2013 Paris-Roubiax, Troisvilles a Inchy sector. Hushovd is in his last year as a professional racer.

Tour of Poland

Tour of Poland, stage five. A nice way to close the photo gallery of a great racer.

Les Woodland's book Paris-Roubaix, The Inside Story - All the bumps of cycling's cobbled classic is available as an audiobook here.

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