Thor Hushovd Biography

Thor Hushovd was born on the 18th of January in the year 1978. He is a professional bicycle racer from Norway and participates in the road events. Thor Hushovd is mainly known for his time trailing and his sprinting. He became the 2010 Norwegian and the World Road Champion. Thor Hushovd also became the first Norwegian to have led the Tour de France. He was also the first Scandinavian to have won the World Road Championship in the road race cycling event. Another remarkable feat achieved by Thor Hushovd is that he is also the Scandinavian with the highest number of stage wins in the Grand Tours.

Thor Hushovd is nicknamed as the Bull from Grimstad and the God of Thunder. He weighs eighty three kilos and stands tall at 6 feet. He is currently a part of the Garmin-Cervelo and is a specialist at road race events.

Thor Hushovd was the winner of the under twenty three World Championship in the event time trial. He also won the under twenty three version of Paris-Tour and Paris-Roubaix. He then turned professional in the sport of cycling in the year 1998. Thor Hushovd then went on to become the Norwegian champion in time trial in the years 2004 and 2005. He also became the road race champion in the year 2004 and 2010. In the year 2006, Thor Hushovd won seven UCI ProTour races in total and also won two stages of the 2006 Tour de France. He was the winner at the prologue and led despite a cut arm. He continued to race with stitches on my body and then regained the famous yellow jersey after the second stage. He then went on to win the last stage of the tour by beating Robbie McEwen. In the Vuelta a Espana, he continued his good form and won the sixth stage and wore the golden coloured jersey for a total of three stages. The year 2008 was also good for Thor Hushovd as he won the second stage of the Tour de France in a bunch finish.

In the 2009 season, Thor Hushovd raced for the Cervelo Test Team and got one of the first wins for the team by winning the third stage of the prestigious Tour of California. The same year at the Tour de France, he won the much coveted green jersey for the second time. He also won the third stage at the Tour of Missouri in the month of September with a sprint finish. The next season did not begin so favourably for Thor Hushovd as he broke his collarbone after colliding with a little girl during his training. He however made a fast recovery and came back to win the Road World Championship in the month of October. In doing so, he became the first Norwegian ever to win the title. This championship began in Melbourne and ended at Geelong in Australia. He beat Denmark’s Matti Breschel, Allan Davis of Australia and the favourite Philippe Gilbert. Thor Hushovd is one of the most successful and recognized faces in the world of competitive cycling.


Nicolas Roche began his professional cycling career in 2004.

From then until now, he has cycled for about six teams, with BMC Racing being his current team for this season. He has so far been able to forge an illustrious career as a dynamic rider and would need not to reinvent himself at the new team.

Speaking to Cycling News, the rider talked about some of his experiences so far in different phases of his career.

“I’ve been through every single phase, from leading out sprints with Thor Hushovd, to riding in the mountains on my own account, to helping out some of the best riders in the world, to doing a bit of both,” he said.

Roche arrived at BMC after going through a two-year stint with Team Sky, the Grand Tour-winning powerhouse. He noted that apart from the differences in the jerseys of the both team, there are only a few other minor differences between them.


Former cycling world champion Thor Hushovd has come out to express his sentiments about his wonderful career and his decision to retire from the sport.

Hushovd had initially planned to go into retirement after the World Road Race Championship in Spain.

The cyclist had showed amazing form at the arctic race of Norway where he participated and came second on two stages, two and four. He had believed that he had a good chance at the upcoming world championship.

However, this was not meant to be as an injury dashed any plans he had of representing his country on last time. In a recent statement to journalist, Hushovd had commented about his retirement decision and expressed his opinion on his fluctuating form.

He explained that the time of his retirement where he had to hang his wheels was brought forward by a virus. While his was a tough decision for him, Hushovd is ready to move on.

Thor Fights Against Asthma And Doping Rules

If you are looking for inspiration from those who fight the odds to do what they are passionate about, look at Thor Hushovd.

Among professional cyclists he is probably someone who can stand to show a guiding light to those who think that their health problems stand as a barrier in the way of them doing what they want to do. He has been diagnosed with asthma and that was way before he decided to become a professional cyclist. He debates about the fact that asthma medicine is offered in cross country races. He has always been into sports, having had an avid passion for skiing when he was young.

Thor talks about his need for asthma medicine and how he was denied the medication as well. It has definitely been a matter of debate where health experts have prescribed limits of performance which need to be shown by professionals in order to be given access to such medicine. Thor talks about how he had to take tests every time at hospitals assigned by the French Cycling Federation. He states how he remembers being asked to showcase improvement in order to be allowed access to the medicine. He remembers a year when he could not get the performance up to the desired level. He could not compete that season. He was also not allowed to use the medicine in 2004 at the Olympics in Athens.

Overview Of Bicycle Tour 2016

There were close to 200 people, including adults and kids that gathered outside Rema 1000 on 4th June to cycle around Thor Hushovd and Bodo.

Hushovd has been the former champion as far as cycling is concerned. He has many fans and anybody who wished to take part in cycling with him, the cyclist obliged by taking photos and having a chat before starting the race. The cyclist said that it was fun to be able to go on such a tour and there would not have been any better way to promote cycling. Hushovd was glad to see so many people gathering there to ride with him. It did put a smile on his face when he stated this.

Bicycle Tour 2016 is a joint venture between Rema 1000 and Hushovd wherein the cyclist was to visit around 5 cities during the trip. It all ended on 12th of June in Oslo. This was primarily done to charge up Norway for cycling circus which is popularly known as Tour de France which started in this summer. The main organizer was Merchant Kjell Olsen and he showed a lot of excitement even before the tour could start. Olsen from Rema 1000 Stormyra was highly delighted with the fact that Thor successfully organized the trip to north.

Cyclists in Ireland may unless they abide by national law

Cycling Ireland has notified their members that they could be blackballed from racing on the nation’s roads after reports that police officers have been abused verbally or had their commands were not followed by some the riders during races in the first few months of this year.
Accounting the attitude of some players as “appalling,” Cycling Ireland said in a statement released on their website that such behavior is very appalling and triggering irreparable damage for Irish Cycling community at a time when the bulk of the public want events censored off Irish roads.
The statement added “racing cyclists refusing to adhere to Garda instructions regarding rider safety during races on public roads to racing cyclists verbally abusing members of An Garda Síochána as they attempt to deliver these instructions during a race from the side of the road.”
It said to riders participating in road races that once they pin on their race numbers and register on for a tourney that they are still subject to national law. The note to the cyclists ended saying: “The responsibility is yours to protect the image of your sport, use it.”