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Back 7.13.2009

Green Machine - Thor Hushovd

Cervélo TestTeam's Thor Hushovd used his racing savvy and strong legs to move into the lead in the green points jersey competition in Saturday's climbing stage across the Pyrénées at the Tour de France.

Hushovd attacked over the day's first major hurdle at the first-category Port d'Envalira in the opening hour of racing in the 176.5km eighth stage from Andorra to Saint-Girons and dropped points rival Mark Cavendish.

The big Norwegian then zoomed down the harrowing descent to set himself up for two intermediate sprints, the first at 67km and the second at 84.5km. He won both, earning 12 points, and bounced into the green jersey for the first time this Tour.

On Sunday, Thor defended the green jersey leading into today's (Monday's) rest day.


Photo: (C) Tim De Waele