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Thor Hushovd lost his blue leader's jersey Saturday, but said, "what counts is tomorrow." (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)
Thor Hushovd lost his blue leader's jersey Saturday, but said, "what counts is tomorrow." (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)

Arctic Race of Norway, Stage 3: Hushovd Fifth

10. August 2013

BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd finished fifth in a bunch sprint Saturday at the Arctic Race of Norway and slipped out of the overall lead with a day to go.

Work To Bring Back The Breakaway
Hushovd is three seconds off the lead of Stage 1 winner Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM), who moved back into the blue jersey on the strength of a second-place time bonus. Nikias Arndt (Argos-Shimano) won the 201.5-kilometer race that saw the BMC Racing Team working hard to bring back an eight-man breakaway – of which the last riders were only caught in the final 10 kilometers. "In the last 30 kilometers, with the tailwind, it was very fast, so it was a lot of work for the team," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. Hushovd said he remains optimistic he can regain the lead on the final stage, which includes both mid-race and finish line time bonuses. "The guys had to work a lot so it's a shame that I couldn't keep the jersey," the Norwegian road champion said. "But what counts is tomorrow."

Listen to complete comments from Hushovd and Ledanois on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

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