Thor Hushovd

Thor Hushovd

Personal information
Full name Thor Hushovd
Nickname The God of Thunder
The Bull from Grimstad
Born (1978-01-18) 18 January 1978
Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Captain
Rider type Sprinter
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
2 TTT stages
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage
Vuelta a España
Points classification (2006)
3 individual stages

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)
Infobox last updated on
30 March 2014
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 (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]


Born in Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway, Hushovd 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. In the 2006 Vuelta a España he won stage 6, wore the golden jersey for three stages and won the points classification

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


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 Hushovd 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.


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.

On 3 October 2010, Hushovd 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]


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. Hushovd 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.


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] Hushovd 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]


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]


In June 2014 Hushovd 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 Hushovd 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]


In his autobiography Hushovd claimed Lance Armstrong admitted to him in 2011 that he doped.[22] Hushovd denies ever doping.

Personal life

Hushovd currently resides in Monte Carlo,[23][24] with his wife Susanne,[25] and their daughter Isabel (b. 2009).[26] The Hushovds also maintain an offseason residency in Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway.[27]

Career achievements

Major results

1st UCI World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
1st Paris–Tours Espoirs
6th Olympic Games Time Trial
1st Stage 5 TTT Tour de France
1st Overall Tour de Normandie
1st Points classification
1st Overall Tour of Sweden
1st Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st Stage 18 Tour de France
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 8 Tour de France
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Overall Coupe de France de cyclisme sur route
1st Classic Haribo
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st Tour de Vendée
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Points classification Tour de France
Volta a Catalunya
1st Points classification
1st Stage 7
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
3rd Milan–San Remo
Tour de France
1st Prologue & Stage 20
Vuelta a España
1st Points classification
1st Stage 6
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
Volta a Catalunya
1st Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Points classification Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 7 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 4 Tour de France
Volta a Catalunya
1st Points classification
1st Prologue & Stage 1
1st Points classification
1st Prologue
1st Stage 1 Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 6 Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 2 Tour de France
Tour de France
1st Points classification
1st Stage 6
Stage 17 Combativity award
Tour of Missouri
1st Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 3 Tour of California
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 6
1st Stage 4 Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
3rd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Milan–San Remo
1st UCI Road Race World Championship
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 3 Tour de France
1st Stage 6 Vuelta a España
2nd Paris–Roubaix
Tour de France
1st Stages 2 (TTT), 13 & 16
Held Maillot Jaune from Stage 2 to Stage 9
1st Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 4 Tour of Britain
8th Paris–Roubaix
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Overall Arctic Race of Norway
1st 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
2nd National Time Trial Championships
4th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
5th Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Stage 1
6th GP Ouest-France
8th Vattenfall Cyclassics
9th Gent–Wevelgem

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro WD WD
Yellow jersey Tour WD 112 118 104 116 120 138 96 106 111 68
red jersey Vuelta WD 82 WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


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  3. 1 2 "Gallery: Thor Hushovd's career in photos". Future plc. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
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  23. NBC athlete profile
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  26. A daughter for Hushovd
  27. Susanne Hushovd har alltid akseptert at syklingen er førsteprioritet for ektemannen.
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Preceded by
Petter Northug
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
Succeeded by
Alexander Dale Oen
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