Rainbow: Star Cyclist Thor Hushovd Claims Stage 13 Triumph at Tour de France, Three of Top Four Overall Rocking O
Thor Hushovd has already rocked the Yellow Jersey.
And he’s in form to keep challenging – as evidenced by a solid Stage 13 triumph at the Tour de France. O’s Norwegian star blazed clear of the peloton after 57km as the overall leaders conserved some of their energy for what will be an ultra-intense Saturday stage in the mountains.
Rival Jeremy Roy attempted to charge for the front of the pack at the final climb – a monster – Col d’Aubisque. A long downhill descent into a flat finish into Lourdes proved to be a factor as Thor channeled all his energy into catching Roy with just 2km left to claim the win by 10 seconds.
The victory continues Thor’s stellar Tour record – with nine individual stages under his belt (with at least one victory in the last six Tours – as well as taking the green points jersey in 2005 and 2009.
“I find it hard to believe where that display came from, but I’m happy,” Thor said, rocking his Oakley performance eyewear. “To win solo like that wearing the rainbow jersey is something else.
The intimidating 14th 168.5km stage from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille is likely to be crucial in determining the victors of this year’s race, with the field tackling six major climbs before the 15.8km ascent to the finish. Keep your eyes peeled for Oakley riders – who are holding three of the top four spots in the overall standings!
1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar
2. Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 1-49 min OAKLEY
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 2-06 min OAKLEY
4. Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 2-14 min OAKLEY demolition