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Odin’s beard! Mighty Thor wins Tour de France stage 13

Jul 15, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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Ever since I saw this photo from the stupid lavish opening ceremonies of the Tour de France, I’ve been rooting for Norway’s Thor Hushovd to win one of the stages so I could run it. How often do I get to use a photo of a cyclist raising Thor’s hammer as other cyclists bow to him? The answer is hardly ever.

Norwegian sprint specialist Thor Hushovd showed his climbing abilities by winning Friday’s 13th stage of the Tour de France, overtaking Frenchman Jeremy Roy near the end after making up time on the downhill finish.

Roy thought he had clinched the first Tour stage win of his career by attacking at the foot of the huge climb to Col d’Aubisque, but he did not have a big enough gap to hold off Hushovd and David Moncoutie, who overtook Roy near the line and finished second.

“I really didn’t think I would win this stage,” said Hushovd, who was also part of the Garmin-Cervelo team which won the team time trial early on in the race. “I did things right tactically.”

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I think it’s high time the Norwegians won something that doesn’t involve snow or sauna endurance.

Hushovd storms downhill to win 13th stage [NBCSports]