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Tour gallery: Thor Hushovd

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Thor Hushovd has been in the mix this week, but so far Mark Cavendish has been too good.

Thor Hushovd has been in the mix this week, but so far Mark Cavendish has been too good. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) on the podium

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) wins a wet, rainy stage.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) wins a wet, rainy stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates his Tour de France stage six win in Barcelona.

Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates his Tour de France stage six win in Barcelona. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) congratulates Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) on his stage six win in the Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) congratulates Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) on his stage six win in the Tour de France. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) with Norwegian fans.

Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) with Norwegian fans. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) leads Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin Slipstream) in the final sprint.

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) leads Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin Slipstream) in the final sprint. (Image credit: AFP)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) started the day in green.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) started the day in green. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Green jersey Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) outsprinted Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) for eighth place.

Green jersey Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) outsprinted Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) for eighth place. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Peter Velits (Team Milram) edges out Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) to take fifth

Peter Velits (Team Milram) edges out Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) to take fifth (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The jersey wearers Frano Pellizotti (Liquigas), Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC), Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) line up for the stage start in Colmar

The jersey wearers Frano Pellizotti (Liquigas), Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC), Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) line up for the stage start in Colmar (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) wonders what Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) was doing in the sprint

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) wonders what Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) was doing in the sprint (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) remains the points leader after stage 14

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) remains the points leader after stage 14 (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Points leader Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) went on a solo attack to earn maximum points at an intermediate sprint line.

Points leader Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) went on a solo attack to earn maximum points at an intermediate sprint line. (Image credit: AFP)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) arrives at the finish after attacking solo over some big climbs earlier in the stage to scoop up intermediate sprint points.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) arrives at the finish after attacking solo over some big climbs earlier in the stage to scoop up intermediate sprint points. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd on his solo breakaway in stage 17.

Thor Hushovd on his solo breakaway in stage 17. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) held off Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) to win stage 19.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) held off Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) to win stage 19. (Image credit: AFP)
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Thor Hushovd at the start of stage 19.

Thor Hushovd at the start of stage 19. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Points classification winner Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam)

Points classification winner Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), Thor Hushovd (Cervelo), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) display their jerseys

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), Thor Hushovd (Cervelo), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) display their jerseys (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd surrounded by his Cervelo teammates

Thor Hushovd surrounded by his Cervelo teammates (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd shadows Mark Cavendish in Paris

Thor Hushovd shadows Mark Cavendish in Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)

It's hard to believe it has been four years since Thor Hushovd won his first and, to date, only green jersey.

The Norwegian is well on his way to doing it yet again this year. His traditional rival in the points classification, Robbie McEwen, isn't racing this year and last year's winner, Oscar Freire, hasn't shown anywhere near the same form.

But if Hushovd can hold on to the jersey all the way to Paris, he will have done so in front of Mark Cavendish. The latter may have blitzed four stages so far, but Hushovd has a stage win of his own and a points tally that demonstrates his consistency.

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