Make that two for Thor Hushovd. Oakley’s Norwegian World Champ blazed his way to his second stage win at the 2011 Tour de France with an impressive sprint finish in Gap. Coming out of the gates on fire for the last six days of racing, he displayed top form during the 162.5km 16th stage – spanning from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateax to Gap. There were 10 men to break away from the pack after the 90km mark – and Thor powered to the front with Ryder Hesjedal and fellow Oakley Rider Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky). The Norwegian standout, with some help from Hesjedal, engaged in a head to head sprint with Boasson Hagen all the way to the line – where Thor clutched the victory.
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.
Lucky 13: Star Team Cyclist Thor Hushovd Claims Stage 2 at Tour de France, Oakley Riders Dominate Top 13 Spots
Who ever said 13 was unlucky? We sure don’t think so. Oakley Star Cyclist Thor Hushovd, who claimed the Stage 2 victory at Tour de France over the weekend, was one of the overall Top 13 riders…all of which rock Oakley performance eyewear. This marks the first time in history that the top 13 riders in the overall G.C. are sporting the Big O. Claiming the second stage – a 23km time trial with the start and finish line in Les Essarts – gave Thor’s team, Garmin-Cervelo, its first win of the Tour de France. The team finished the time trial in 24 minutes, 48 seconds.