Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The World Champion. Thor Hushovd from Norway. His easy manner carries the day for Flemish race fans. Some call him the God of Thunder and Some still call him the Bull from Grimstad. Born in 1978 he stands a bit taller than most in the Heroes eyes. His comments from last year's tour still ring in our ears.
“What happened is not normal,” Hushovd said on the phone. “I’m very sorry for the riders who crashed. It was a big mess. But yet, this is still a bike race. Crashes happen all the time. It’s been a really big mistake from ASO and the UCI commissaires to agree to neutralise the end of the stage. The Tour de France is a big, big race. Things like that shouldn’t happen. Why should Cancellara decide? “I’ve been riding all day for the stage win and the green jersey and I end up with nothing,” “This is not fair. Will the same thing happen tomorrow? Will the times for GC be taken before the pavés sections? If Alberto Contador or another big rider crashes tomorrow on the cobblestones, he’s entitled to ask for the race to be neutralised too! So when will we race, really?”"