The most successful Norwegian road cyclist of all generation is undoubtedly Thor Hushovd. He is the member of the BMC Racing Team at present and is all set to ride for the Tour de France. He is also known as the Bull from Grimstad as Grimstad is his hometown. He became a professional bicycle rider in 1998 and since then has never looked back. Well known for time trailing as well as sprinting, this Norwegian star has been the World Road Champion and Norwegian champion in 2010. Last year was not very much favorable for him as he suffered with an inflammation and viral infection of muscle. He could not stay at the circuit for more than 28 days but has high hopes for this year’s Tour de France.
Thor Hushovd started 2013 on a positive note with a winning streak. He came out victorious at Tour de Haut Var over To, Jelte Slagter at stage 1 level earlier this year in February. This was his first win ever since his great performance at the Tour of Britain in 2011. He joined BMC Racing Team last year and this was his first win with the team as well which has immensely boosted his confidence for the July grand tour. His trainer confirmed that he is strong and in his best form right now ahead of the July tournament.
Here is a glance at some of his major achievements.
• Tour de France- 10 individual stages and Points classification in 2005 and 2009.
• Giro d’italia- 1st stage.
• Vuelta a Espana- Points classification in 2006 and won 3 stages.
• UCI World Race Champion in 2010.
• Two times National Road Race Champion in 2004 and 2010.
• Three times National Time Trial Champion in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
• Under 23 World Time Trial Champion in 1998.