This year’s world championships are in Australia. They have also been in Australia for 12 years. in Geelong, southwest of Melbourne. Thor Hushovd won his only world title in road racing.
Thor Hashofed hasn’t been very successful at the World Cup in the past. His highest ranking was in 2007. He took 19th place in Stuttgart, for the rest he took the place outside the top 100 or had to retire.
Hushovd was often one of the contenders. He could deliver many of the nobles’ letters. He has already won several stages of the Tour in his career. He also won the green jersey twice. Riding in a Giro and one in a Vuelta were also on his list of accomplishments.
Hushovd was also often a favorite of the classics. He won Gent Wevilgeme and Omloop Heat Neusblad, among others. He also collected places of honor in Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo.
In 2010, Hushovd was again at the start of the World Cup. We haven’t seen him in Australia for a long time. Not even when the elite group of 30 riders pulled out five laps from the finish, but Spain got the group back so we could start again on the last lap.
Philip Gilbert pointed out up front that climbing in 1 of 2 on the local laps was not a good idea. However he tried. Behind him emerged a chase group with outgoing world champion Cadel Evans, Frank Schleck, Paul Martins, Kos Morinhout and Alexander Kolobnev. That group was captured again by what was left of the peloton and Gilbert was also captured two kilometers from the end.
We made it to the end with about 25 passengers. Vladimir Josef, Janez Brajkovic and Niki Terpstra tried to avoid the sprint in the last kilometer, but the Danes put everyone back. Greg Van Avermaet was the first to start the race on the ascending access lane. Mattie Brischel got off the wheel, but there was also a Hushofd. He did not hesitate and set out for the world title. Breschel came in second. Alan Davis III. Van Avermaet finished in fifth place.
After his world title, Haushofd won a few more stages on the Tour (including the Pyrenees stage) and on the Tour of Switzerland and Poland. He also won the first edition of the Norwegian Arctic Race. At the end of 2014, he hung his bike on the hook.
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