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Norwegian Powerhouse Thor Hushovd speaks!
 
By Staff
Date: 6/20/2007
Norwegian Powerhouse Thor Hushovd speaks!
 
by Alicia Hopkins


Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné-Libéré 2007

Career Highlights:

2007

2nd - Stage 5 in Giro d'Italia (PT) - 173 km - 17 May

2nd - Stage 7 in Giro d'Italia (PT) - 254 km - 19 May

2006

Victories:

Gent-Wevelgem (PT) - 210 km - 5 April

Points Competition Vuelta a España (PT) - 3130 km - 26 August-17 September

Points Competition Volta a Catalunya (PT) - 1020 km - 15-21 May

Points Competition Quatre Jours De Dunkerque (2.HC) - 900 km - 3-7 May

Prologue Tour de France (PT) - 7.1 km (ITT) - 1 July

Stage 20 Tour de France (PT) - 154.5 km - 23 July

Stage 6 Vuelta a España (PT) - 177 km - 31 August

Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné-Libéré (PT) - 131 km - 11 June

Stage 3 Volta a Catalunya (PT) - 176.7 km - 17 May

Stage 4 Tirreno-Adriatico (PT) - 219 km - 11 March

 Who was the most influential in encouraging you to become a professional cyclist?

That was my friend Dag Otto Lauritzen. We are both from the same town in Norway, Grimstad. So when he became a good cyclist, I said to myself, I can do the same!

As an amateur, what race did you want to win when you became a professional?

Nothing is bigger then the Olympics for a Norwegian. And when I was an amateur, I never really followed cycling that much. 

In 1998, you won Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, and with the exception of your win at Gent-Wevelgem in 2006, your career is dominated by stage wins in the most prestigious races in the world. Are the cobbled classics something you would like to focus on in the future?

 I still believe that I can win Paris-Roubaix and Flanders, and they are my goals every year. Just need time, and one day I am gonna hit them.


Tirreno-Adriatico 2007

 

You have ridden for Crédit Agricole since 1999, what would you say are the greatest strengths of the team?

This is my 8th year on the team, so now I know how everything works and that makes me relax and confident. They give me time, and always trust in me. But the main thing I prefer with Credit Agricole is the mentality.

What are your strengths and weaknesses both on and off the bike?

 My strength on the bike is my power in the sprints, and I can sometimes go strong in the climbs. My weakness is that I’m big and heavy, so I can suffer big time in the mountains.

My strength off the bike is that I don’t think to much of cycling. I Like to do something else, where my head is far off my bike. My weakness is that I love all food, and then get to fat J

 


Hushovd atop the leader board at the 2006 Vuelta a España

Who do you regularly train with?

 Mads Kaggestad

Is your mother really that good of a cook? You are at the Giro after all, how does mamma mia compare?

Mamma mia is nothing compared to mum. She makes the best meals ever. Especially the Norwegian meatballs!!!

If you were to name your top three goals for the remainder of the season, what would they be?

My wedding in October

The green jersey in the Tour de France

The Worlds Championship

 

I wish to thank the "god of Thunder" for his tact and playfulness in his answers, and hope he smashes his way through the field for many sprint victories.

 
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