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Hushovd attacks solo for green jersey respect

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)

Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd went on a solo attack in one of the Tour de France's toughest stages on Wednesday in the Alpine mountains near Le Grand-Bornand. He gained points towards the green jersey at two intermediate sprints and a measure of respect, after his confrontation with Mark Cavendish in Saturday's stage 14 finish.

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