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.

Dubai Tour rendered a huge success

The Tour of Dubai has clearly rendered a huge boost to UAE cycling- the impact has been especially strong for the UAE squads who have turned up with excellent performances in 2 stages at the tour.

Spanish rider Francisco Mancebo from Skydive Cycling squad was riding in lead group for Sports Stage & Nature stage. Piluschin (Alexander) headed the group & looked fully in command encompassing 75 kilometer at the Al Madam.

Skydive Dubai was keen to proceediong to the 3rd stage of the Tour & it seemed like the team had been able to overcome the 2nd stage disrupt where Mancebo accidentally took a faulty turn, losing out on vital points and minutes.

“There was very little confusion yesterday during the 2nd sprint. Post the 2nd sprint, we took a faulty turn & lost badly on time”, stated Mancebo. “In Europe, in case we don’t have a close road, we take to that route and I simply followed that practice yet lost out on time. However, today we feel we are well set with a fantastic sprinter & would fight up hard in this championship. I’m a climber & this Dubai racing track seems flat with manageable climbs as per my standards.”

“We are really glad that we are racing along with the professionals this time. It would be a huge boost to UAE cycling in general. It is the 1st race for UAE pro cycling & we are confirmed that our government would be ready to take steps for a further boost.”, noted Majid Balooshi.

UAE squad at Dubai Tour comprises of Majid, Yousif Mirza, Mansoor Balooshi, Mohammed Mansoury, Ahmed Mansoori, Mohammed Murawwi, Aziz Mahedi, Ahmad Qayed & Khaled Tani.

The sixteen squads with 8 cyclists each are formed from eleven UCI Pro cycling teams.

Comeback Of The Norse God

Thor Hushovd is a professional road bicycle racer belonging to Norway and riding for the BMC Racing Team. He has won the national road race championship three times, one in the current year (2013) itself and the two others were in the years 2004 and 2010. Thor Hushovd was the first Norwegian who led the Tour de France. He was also the first Scandinavian who has bagged the most number of wins in the Grand Tours. Thor Hushovd, with all the victories and successes up his sleeves, is rightly described as the greatest Norwegian Cyclist of all time.

Although the overall performance of the BMC Racing Team in the year 2013 has not been as per the expectations of their fans, given their talent and budget, the team bagged 30 wins altogether from a dozen of various riders. Five of those thirty were World Tour wins. Hushovd scored a stage win, in Europe at The Tour du Haut Var. In the tour of Poland he won two stages. Thor also won Norway’s Arctic Race as well as two stages.

Hushovd is one of the leading riders, among others, whom his team (BMC Racing Team) wants to focus on and hone to bring out the optimum of their strengths. The BMC Racing Team has quite a lot of expectation from Thor Hushovd in The Classics to be held in 2014.

Thor Hushovd, sometimes referred to as the Norse God, suffered from certain health problems for quite some time. But, in the latter half of this year (2013), he was again seen very near to his best form, with quite a number of wins in the Tour de Pologne, The Arctic Race and Tour of Beijing. “Thor is back to where he was. He is really strong again when he showed that in Poland. A good preparation and start to the season and he could be on fire for the Classics”, said Allan Peiper, Performance Director of the BMC Racing Team.