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Thor Hushovd is a past world road champion who twice won the points classification at the Tour de France while capturing stages at all three of the grand tours. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Thor Hushovd is a past world road champion who twice won the points classification at the Tour de France while capturing stages at all three of the grand tours. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Hushovd Announces Retirement

27. June 2014

Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd of the BMC Racing Team announced his planned retirement from professional cycling on Friday. Here is his message to fans:

"This is a big relief for me because this mononucleosis is something that has been going on for months. I did not want to stop, but because I love the sport and love to compete and because of the problem I have, I just cannot do it anymore. On my bad days, I am suffering quite a bit. On the other side, I have a bad feeling about it in my gut because I am ending in a way that I didn't want it to end. If I was to write the last perfect chapter, it would not end like this. But there are some things in life you cannot control and I just have to accept that.

"My plan now is to finish the season well. I think the world champion is a great race to stop and also because I won the world championships, it is a race that I admire. So I would like to stop my season there. But it's up to the team, and not up to me, to decide when my season ends.

"In my time with the BMC Racing Team, I met a lot of great people and always had enjoyed great support during a difficult time for me and the team. They invested a lot in me to win races and I never gave them this back. But I always had great support from Andy Rihs and Jim Ochowicz and the rest of the team and the staff. So I really appreciated this."