Thor Hushovd set to retire this weekend

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Thor Hushovd will retire from professional cycling after racing in the GP Impanis-Van Petegem on Saturday, according to Cycling Weekly.

Hushovd, who is now 36, will finish his 15-year cycling career in Belgium after deciding not to race in the Road World Championships next week.


The Norwegian crashed during the Tour du Poitou-Charentes in late August leaving him unable to train for the World Championships.

The BMC rider admitted the last few years of his career have been tough due to injuries but he believes he has had a good career on the bike.


"On March 12, 2012, I woke up with high fever. I was in bed for two and a half days. That’s when my nightmare began.," he said.

“I was knocked by mononucleosis. I pushed myself with the virus. I had some flashes that gave me the desire to continue, but I’ve been too far down physically and mentally. I had to ask myself, ‘Why bother?’

“It is always bitter when things like [the crash and retirement] happen, but it certainly would have been as bitter if it had happened in my best years.

“I decided to look at the overall picture, which contains many good years with good results… I stand by the decision I took a few months ago. The Worlds would have been a nice ending, but you can not plan everything in life.”

Hushovd has had many things to celebrate in his career including winning the Road Race World Championships in 2010 and becoming the first Norwegian to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France in 2011.

BMC's manager, Jim Ochowicz praised Hushovd and all he has done for cycling as a sport.

“It has been a real pleasure to have Thor be a part of the BMC Racing Team in the twilight of his career.

“We will not soon forget the impact he has had on the sport, especially in his home country of Norway.”

The 36 year old has taken part in all of the Grand Tours with his highest ever finish being 68th which came at the 2011 Tour de France.

I would like to see the Norwegian win on Saturday to cap of what has been a fantastic cycling career and one that won't be forgotten in the near future.

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Hushovd isn't the only rider set to retire soon either, with Jens Voigt retiring today, David Millar bowing out at the end of the year and fellow BMC teammate Cadel Evans apparently leaving the sport in 2015.

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