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Hushovd rode out Paris-Roubaix “in pure defiance”

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 09, 2012, 9:30 BST,
Updated:
April 09, 2012, 10:48 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, April 9, 2012
Race:
Paris - Roubaix
Former World champion Thor Hushovd (BMC)

Former World champion Thor Hushovd (BMC)

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Lost all podium chances to a crash shortly before Boonen's attack

Thor Hushovd was in good position in Paris-Roubaix, but a crash at nearly the same time Tom Boonen launched his ultimately successful attack once again crushed the BMC Racing Team rider's dreams of winning this race. Nevertheless, he didn't let that stop him and rode “in pure defiance” to finish 14th, over four minutes down.

Hushovd was behind Juan Antonio Flecha of Sky, who “was about to run into a police officer, so he turned away suddenly. Then I had to jump over a traffic island, but I landed crooked and with low pressure in the tires I just slipped away.

“I knew right away that the race was over for me,” he told aftenposten.no. “So I rode in pure defiance.”

The tall Norwegian irritatedly rejected the idea of a curse against him winning the race. “It's time to stop harping on the damn curse. There is no curse of the World Champion jersey, and there is no curse here in Roubaix.”  

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