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.

Hushovd Loses Plan Due To Accident

Thor Hushovd, the cyclist of Norway in top for several years is not seeing the World Championship as crowning glory which is up coming. A mighty fall has led him to think over his cycling in the coming events. Instead he has his sight set on local events.

In an interview for the magazine he stated that may be he would think of cycling in Birken. Birkebeiner annual race of cycling draws participation from huge numbers all over the world. Though he had announced his retirement to June, the fall came as shock. The cycling race which is going to take place in Spain this month he had his eyes set on that. Since he had won the Australian championship in 2010 he thought that he had every opportunity to clinch the title again. His career of cycling would have ended with a high note unless for the fall.

In the Tour de Poitou- Charentes n France he suffered due to a mighty fall. It was his hip hitting the asphalt and then the wounds and scars which led Atle Kvalsvoll, his coach to state that all his chances of playing in a vital lap on Sunday had been lost. He does not even have the required training to be able to take part in the World Championship. He does not play only for the sake of it rather he plays so that he can win the game. It has come as a major setback for him.

His last race was in Norway and now he is looking at the local races in his hometown itself. He wants to go on cycling and finish his autobiography which is going to come in October. He however, claims that he is not heartbroken or crestfallen since his career was a shining one.

Kris Cook Dies Due To A Heart Attack During The RideLondon Event

Prudential RideLondon is basically a cycling festival that was inaugurated in the year 2013 and has ever since become extremely popular in UK. The event usually continues for two days in order to raise money for some good cause or the other. The main purpose of this cycling event is to encourage more and more people to engage in cycling. This year RideLondon 100 took place on the 9th and 10th of August, 2014.

RideLondon event this year came to an unfortunate end because a cyclist named Kris Cook died due to a heart attack on the last day of the event. The organizers of RideLondon said that he was immediately treated by the event doctors present there and then he was taken to a nearby hospital. However later it was pronounced that he was dead.

A huge number of people had been a part of the public cycling ride which was going to be a 100 mile ride. But due to weather warnings the miles were reduced from 100 to 86 miles.  Kris Cook was participating in the event along with some of his friends and his girlfriend to raise funds for a hospice called Woking Hospice. According to his mother, Kris died doing what he loved the most and that is cycling.

After the announcement of Kris Cook’s death, large amounts of donations were deposited in the account of Woking Hospice in order to honor Cook’s memory. Earlier the target for the charity was around £500. But then it was raised to around £10,000 and more.

Prudential RideLondon organizers and many other riders such as Karen Sutton, Richard and Kathy Rendall, Gloria Benson and so on expressed their sadness and condolences towards Kris Cook’s family.

Postmortem examination in order to establish the real cause of Kris Cook’s death will be held soon.

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.