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Thor Hushovd was 67th in the time trial that opened the Giro d'Italia. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Thor Hushovd was 67th in the time trial that opened the Giro d'Italia. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 6: Hushovd Withdraws

11. May 2012

BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd withdrew from the Giro d'Italia Friday, citing fatigue that kept him from performing to his level of expectation in the opening week of the race.

'Nothing To Give'
Hushovd stopped about 90 kilometers into the 210 km race that featured an 11-man breakaway from which solo stage winner Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) and new race leader Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) emerged. Marco Pinotti, best-placed for the BMC Racing Team in the general classification, climbed to 14th overall after finishing with a reduced peloton, 1:51 behind Rubiano. Hushovd had finished sixth on Stage 3 but lost more than nine minutes on Thursday's Stage 5. Initially, the former world road champion thought the heat was to blame. "Normally the first day in the heat, I suffer sometimes," Hushovd said. "But today, straightaway I felt empty. I felt my body and and legs didn't work. It's not normal so I didn't see any reason to push through. And I couldn't because I had nothing to give."

Team Remains Strong
Hushovd, who was making his first Giro appearance since 2007, said he has ridden a roller-coaster of emotion this season. "I was in good shape at Het Nieuwsblad and I thought from there on I would be good, because I knew I had worked hard during the winter," he said. "But then I got sick the first day in Paris-Nice, got good for the last two days, then got sick the day after. I came back to Paris-Roubaix and was quite good, but crashed out. So there's been a lot of disappointments." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the BMC Racing Team will miss Hushovd, but remains on target for its objectives. "I was convinced that he (Hushovd) could be better in the coming days, so we need to find out what's wrong," Baldato said. "Pinotti is very strong and today I saw the guys were always all together – even Danilo Wyss – who isn't necessarily suited for this kind of stage. So I am pleased that the team is riding strong."

Listen to complete comments from Thor Hushovd on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.