Norway's top biker Thor Hushovd (BMC) on Saturday participated in his last professional race, GP Inamis-Van Petegem in Belgium, and has now retired from the sport.
Hushovd (36), former world champion and double Tour de France green jersey winner, has thereby ended a 15-year brilliant professional career. He made his professional debut in 2000 with French team Cofidis , and his greatest achievment was probably winning the world championships' road race in 2010.
Hushovd twice claimed the points classification green jersey on the Tour de France, in 2005 and 2009. He won 10 Tour de France stages and also won the points classification at the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) in 2006.
The Norwegian won three stages on the Vuelta and one stage on the Giro d'Italia, also wearing the Tour de France yellow jersey in 2011.
His present team is BMC, and he has also been on the teams of Garmin-Cervelo, Cervelo and Credit Agricole.