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Tour de France rider gallery: Thor Hushovd

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Thor Hushovd in yellow

Thor Hushovd in yellow
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Thor Hushovd and Garmin-Cervelo really got into the spirit of things at the Tour de France presentation.

Thor Hushovd and Garmin-Cervelo really got into the spirit of things at the Tour de France presentation.
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Garmin Cervelo put in a winning ride

Garmin Cervelo put in a winning ride
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Hushovd leads Garmin-Cervelo home

Hushovd leads Garmin-Cervelo home
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World champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) has traded his rainbow-striped jersey for the Tour de France leader's jersey.

World champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) has traded his rainbow-striped jersey for the Tour de France leader's jersey.
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) was a vital cog in Tyler Farrar's lead-out.

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) was a vital cog in Tyler Farrar's lead-out.
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) completely spent after spriting up the Mur de Bretagne.

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) completely spent after spriting up the Mur de Bretagne.
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) digs in on the Mur-de-Bretagne.

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) digs in on the Mur-de-Bretagne.
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) kept a firm grasp on the yellow jersey with a fine finish on the Mur de Bretagne.

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) kept a firm grasp on the yellow jersey with a fine finish on the Mur de Bretagne.
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) sits in

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) sits in
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Yellow jersey Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) finishes in the company of Jens Voigt (Leopard Trek), David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) and Stuart O'Grady (Leopard Trek).

Yellow jersey Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) finishes in the company of Jens Voigt (Leopard Trek), David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) and Stuart O'Grady (Leopard Trek).
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Thor Hushovd and Alessandro Petacchi come to the line inside the 'bus'

Thor Hushovd and Alessandro Petacchi come to the line inside the 'bus'
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) celebrates his victory in Lourdes.

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) celebrates his victory in Lourdes.
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) could hardly believe what he had done

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) could hardly believe what he had done
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Garmin-Cervelo have so far enjoyed a dream Tour; with two stage wins, and a spell in the yellow jersey. The American team can thank Norwegian Thor Hushovd for much of that success. The current world champion is riding his 11th consecutive Tour, and seems to be getting better with age.

Having won the green jersey on two occasions and netting an impressive eight stage victories since 2001, Hushovd has outdone himself again this year's race.

His appearance in the team time trial wearing the polka dot jersey raised a few eyebrows, though he quickly traded that in for yellow after Garmin's narrow victory over BMC on stage two. Leading out Tyler Farrar to the American's first stage win was a display of pure professionalism - and a sublime performance on the Mur de Bretagne almost guarantees Hushovd yellow until the race hits the Massif Central on Saturday.

If the Tour ended today it would be a success for the Norwegian, but there's no doubt that there is still plenty more to come from him in the coming weeks.

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