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BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd won Stage 1 of the Tour of Beijing. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd won Stage 1 of the Tour of Beijing. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Hushovd Withdraws From Tour Of Beijing

13. oktober 2013

BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd has withdrawn from the Tour of Beijing to attend to a family emergency.

Satisfied With 2013 Season
Hushovd left the race Saturday night to be with his daughter who has had to be hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. The Norwegian national road champion was sitting second overall after winning Friday's Stage 1 and finishing 27th in the race's longest stage earlier Saturday. "Obviously, it is a big disappointment," he said. "Of course, I wish I could finish my season in downtown Beijing on Tuesday." Hushovd said the unexpected turn of events that brings his season to a sudden close does not overshadow a host of accomplishments which include his third national road title, a pair of stage wins and the overall at the inaugural Arctic Race of Norway in his home country, and two stages of the Tour de Pologne. "I had my ups and downs in the beginning of the year," he said. "My classics (season) was a disaster. But I had nine wins, which is quite good. So in total, I am satisfied with my season."

Listen to Thor Hushovd's complete comments (in English and Norwegian) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.