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.

Tour France 2014 To Have Chinese Cyclist For The First Time

The Chinese cycling enthusiasts who have been cheering for other countries at previous Tour France championships would have a special reason to enjoy the premier race this year. The 2014 Tour France will have a Sino rider for the first time ever in its 101 years of long journey.

The phenomenal Chinese rider who has already made his country proud by bagging participation in the world’s most esteemed cycling championship is Ji Cheng. The 26-year-old would ride with Giant-Shimano in 2014 Tour  France that commences from July 5.

Albeit, the Tour France race this year marks the maiden stint of Ji in the highest honored championship yet the young lad has already contended for other major top races of the continent since his debut in pro European cycling in 2007.

“I am really glad to be able to ride for my nation in Tour France. I am really excited”, remarked a naturally thrilled Cheng who hails from Harbin.

“When I began cycling in my country, Tour France race was the sole championship which was aired on TV”, stated the Giant Shimano rider from Leeds which will stage the inaugural level of the race this year. He is very excited that his family & friends would be able to see him compete in the most prestigious cycling race of the world, for the first time ever in China.

Fondly regarded as “breakaway killer”, Ji is said to fast catch up with riders who shift away from main pack. I might not be the flashiest performance yet quite a significant one as it immensely helps to position Cheng’s team-mates on their 9-man team to win on the races.

Initially an athlete, Ji shifted to riding given the chilly climate in Harbin & cycling allowed him to train up indoors.

The Upcoming Cycling Season Restores Old Tension

With spring round the corner, it is time again for the brand new bicycle season in the Upstate. This means it’s time again for showcasing dedicated peddling power on road along with the never ending competition in between motorists and cyclists. This spring, however the chafing did not take a lot of time to start again, primarily with the Wendy Nanney, the Greenville Rep proposing a new bicycle bill, which later was pulled back post being objected severely by the cyclists. Secondly, Joe Dill, the Greenville County Councilman reported that quite a number of Greenville County residents were not too fond of the abundance of cycles on scanty spaced mountain roads.

A full-fledged cycling community has developed in the upstate gradually, thoroughly encouraged by the resident’s eager approval of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail along with Greenville’s assertive attempts to create much safer roads in order to accommodate cycles. The issue at present is the hostility between bikers and cars on roads, since in this state more cyclists gets killed consistently on road than any other state.

Most drivers complain that the cyclists disregard the traffic rules and ride a little too far within the traffic lanes, which hinder the flow of traffic on mountainous busy roads.  On the other hand, cyclists object saying the they don’t receive enough space on the road because of the drivers, who also occasionally yell at them besides tossing soda cans directing at them out of windows, to keep them off the roads.

This situation can only be solved with the right education, which everyone agrees to, however most such issues can be solved with a little patience both from the cyclists and drivers, commented Randy McDougald, who is the owner of Carolina Triathlon on Main Street, Greenville