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Gallery: Thor Hushovd's career in photos

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Hushovd as a first year pro in 2000

Hushovd as a first year pro in 2000
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Thor Hushovd winning for BMC Racing

Thor Hushovd winning for BMC Racing
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Thor Hushovd became road world champion in 2010

Thor Hushovd became road world champion in 2010
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On top of the World in Geelong in 2010

On top of the World in Geelong in 2010
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Hushovd gave his all in the Spring Classics

Hushovd gave his all in the Spring Classics
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Marking Fabian Cancellara in Paris-Roubaix

Marking Fabian Cancellara in Paris-Roubaix
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Thor Hushovd and Lance Armstrong in 2005

Thor Hushovd and Lance Armstrong in 2005
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Thor Hushovd in yellow at the Tour de France

Thor Hushovd in yellow at the Tour de France
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Hushovd and his Credit Agricole team hold off the favourites in the 2004 Tour TTT

Hushovd and his Credit Agricole team hold off the favourites in the 2004 Tour TTT
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A change of bikes at the Olympics in 2004

A change of bikes at the Olympics in 2004
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The Devil gives Hushovd his support at the Tour de France

The Devil gives Hushovd his support at the Tour de France
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Off the front as world champion in the 2011 Tour de France

Off the front as world champion in the 2011 Tour de France
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Hushovd won two stages of the Tour in 2011.

Hushovd won two stages of the Tour in 2011.
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Hushovd taken on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix

Hushovd taken on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix
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Hushovd was always strong against the clock

Hushovd was always strong against the clock
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Disaster at the Tour when Hushovd was hit by a fan in the crowd

Disaster at the Tour when Hushovd was hit by a fan in the crowd
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Hushovd welcomes everyone to the gun show

Hushovd welcomes everyone to the gun show
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On the podium with Haussler and Cavendish in Milan San Remo

On the podium with Haussler and Cavendish in Milan San Remo
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Thor Hushovd wins Cervelo's first Tour stage in Barcelona in 2009

Thor Hushovd wins Cervelo's first Tour stage in Barcelona in 2009
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Hushovd was always well supported as a rider

Hushovd was always well supported as a rider
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Hushovd could climb as well as sprint which made him a contender for green in the Tour

Hushovd could climb as well as sprint which made him a contender for green in the Tour
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Winning the green jersey at the 2009 Tour de France

Winning the green jersey at the 2009 Tour de France
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Thor Hushovd in Cervelo TestTeam colours

Thor Hushovd in Cervelo TestTeam colours
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On top of the World as the U23 time trial champion in 1998

On top of the World as the U23 time trial champion in 1998
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Thor Hushovd brought the curtain down on his long and illustrious career at the Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem on Saturday. The former World Champion announced that he would retire this season and picked the Belgian race as his final outing as a professional rider. He turned professional with the French outfit, Credit Agricole, in 2000 having spent the second half of the previous season at the team as a stagiare.

During his career Hushovd has developed from a promising time trialist - he was U23 world champion in 1998 – into one of the most accomplished one-day riders and sprinters of the modern peloton. He won the green jersey at the Tour de France on two occasions as well as Gent-Wevelgem title and the World Championships in Australia 2010. Although his form and fitness have declined in recent times he has remained an integral member of the BMC team and helped bring on the team’s next generation of talent.

Hushovd placed 48th in the Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem with his teammate Greg Van Avemaet taking the win.

"It is a strange feeling and it is kind of sad in one way," Hushovd said.

"There is a lot of emotion. But I am really in a good place and proud of my career. It has been a great 15 years."

Team director Max Sciandri, who raced against Hushovd, paid tribute to the Norwegian: "Thor will be a great inspiration for younger generations and it is great he finished with the BMC Racing Team. We hope all the best for him."

Click here for a gallery of images from Hushovd’s career.

Age: 36
Team: BMC Racing Team
Nationality: Norwegian

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