Loyal and hardworking, Samu’s not one to rest on his golden Olympic laurels. Since turning professional in 2000, he’s only ridden in the orange of Euskaltel-Euskadi or the colours of Spain. So how did a boy born 34 years ago today in Asturias end up riding for a Basque-only team?
Thor Hushovd turns 34 today, giving us a good excuse to celebrate the Norse God of Thunder.
The most successful Scandinavian cyclist to date, the mighty Thor has won the Tour de France’s green jersey twice: first in 2005 and then, in slightly controversial circumstances, in 2009. Once the officials demoted Mark Cavendish in stage 14’s sprint finish, it looked like Thor had the green jersey sewn up. However, his audacious 80km solo ride through the mountains on stage 17 to pick up a cluster of intermediate points proved to the doubters that he was a deserving winner of the maillot vert in Paris.