Thor (pronounced “Tour”) Hushovd began his racing career at age nine, tearing through the streets of Southern Norway. In the decades since, he has become well known for sprinting and time trialing, and in 2006 become the first Norwegian to lead the Tour de France. He was the 2010 World Road Champion in Australia, becoming the first Scandinavian ever to hold that title.
In the afterglow of that October victory in Geelong, Australia, VeloNews wrote, “Hushovd… dominated a bunch sprint at the end of a thrilling 267km race, beating Denmark’s Matti Breschel and Australia’s Allan Davis.”
As a seven-time Tour de France stage winner, as well as the points classification winner in 2005 and 2009, Hushovd has stood atop the prestigious Tour podium for either stage wins or points in ‘01, ‘02, ‘04, ‘06, ’07, ’08 and ’09. In addition he’s won three stages at the Vuelta a Espana, including the point classification in 2006. In 2009, he won stages in several races including the Tour of California, Volta a Catalunya, and the Tour of Missouri. In 2010, Thor finished 2nd at Paris-Roubaix and then suffered a collarbone injury in early May.
In 2011, Hushovd won stage four of the Tour de Suisse.
Q & A
• Fun= Enjoying life! Can be on and off the bike. • Vision= What I want to see :) • Friend= Someone to laugh with, and have fun. • Foe= Need some of them also • Greenhouse= Sunny and dry place • Gas= Smelly roomie (Can´t mention any names :) )
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
The World Champion title.
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
The big guy on the bike, who looks twice as big as the other riders.
When did you first start riding? Where/why?
In 1987 With my older brother, happened in Norway. So thank you bro
What drives you to be more awesome than everyone else?
Just look at me….
If you weren’t killing it on a bike, what kind of menial task would you want to do?
Heli-skiing, or is that only a dream?...
Pamela Anderson after Tommy Lee, Snookie from Jersey Shore or your mom in the past like Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future?
Hmmmm, my ex-girlfriend?? Samantha Fox
If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley athlete, who would it NOT be and why?
The Schelcks, they´re too skinny!
Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:
Good skier, when I was 15 :)
Your Favorite…(Start with your favorite music artist or something):
In music I like what my friends like, But I´m NEVER the DJ at the parties.
everything I need on front of my eyes.
Best song to ride to:
Ask Erik Sandberg, he knows!!
First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…
Give my lovely daughter Isabel a big kiss.
Some athletes never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?
This is on my “What to do list” after my career, so let you know then.
What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?
That I once rode in between the back-legs of a horse. Can tell you that I never saw the horse again, or the girl on top of that horse. Which was my girlfriend that day.
Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?
I´m the Funky Chicken type of a guy!
Dream vacation spot:
The wild Norwegian forest.
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
Chuck Norris is my favourite, so would love get face-kicked by him.
If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take your significant other out would you let him?
What tricks are you working on?
Backflip on my skis….
You’ve been mistaken for…
an undercover policeman.
Megan Fox or Diane Kruger?
Glad this is done :)