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Old 07-15-11, 12:47 PM   #1
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Thor - What do you call him now?

Thor Hushovd attacked on a HC climb today.

Previously described as a "Strong rider who happens to sprint well", I'm pretty sure nobody knows where to classify this man.

He's not a sprinter anymore, he admits that himself.
He's not a climber, although he is getting better at climbing.
He doesn't dominate the classics (in fact he hasn't won one is a while that I know of, although with Gilbert and Cancellara winning them all its tough.)
He isn't a Grand Tour contender.

What the hell do you call him besides strong?
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These days 'Strong man' gets used a lot. The same kind of rider who is associated with a specific GC contender used to be called his lieutenant.
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Old 07-15-11, 01:01 PM   #3
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I really don't feel a compelling need to categorize him.

I'd call him Mr. Hushovd.
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Rouleur. Well, a real big rouleur.
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I'd call him a world champion bike racer, although I do like the term "strongman" for guys with his build and abilities.

If you have to classify him as a cyclist based on body type, I'd call him a classics rider, but body type and abilities are just a correlation. Eddy Merckx was a stocky dude who won 11 grand tours, and Fausto Coppi was a stringbean who won classics and broke the hour record.
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Thor Hushovd attacked on a HC climb today.

Previously described as a "Strong rider who happens to sprint well", I'm pretty sure nobody knows where to classify this man.

He's not a sprinter anymore, he admits that himself.
He's not a climber, although he is getting better at climbing.
He doesn't dominate the classics (in fact he hasn't won one is a while that I know of, although with Gilbert and Cancellara winning them all its tough.)
He isn't a Grand Tour contender.
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What the hell do you call him besides strong?
Great bike rider! and smart racer!
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He's a "power rider".
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You call him the freaking God of Thunder

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I'll see your Spartacus, and raise you a rainbow road jersey. Thor gained a lot of respect from me today.
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Not really just a Rouleur, not quite a Grimpeur............ a Coureur Complet:-)
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Rouleur. Well, a real big rouleur.
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Not really just a Rouleur, not quite a Grimpeur............ a Coureur Complet:-)
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You call him the freaking God of Thunder

I didn't realize they had done this. I thought the stage promoter stopped them before they did it. Hilarious.
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These days 'Strong man' gets used a lot. The same kind of rider who is associated with a specific GC contender used to be called his lieutenant.
There are a bunch of strongmen in the peloton. These are usually big guys like Hincapie or Voigt or Cancellera or Hushovd who duke it out during the spring classics. In stage races, they protect their team captain or help to lead out a sprint, but they can also take off on these in between stages that are too hilly for the sprinters but have no summit finish for the climbers.
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Well Today he was definately "THE MAN"!!
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lol i love that picture...the "Thor the god" photo, never saw that!
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Road champion is all I need to know.
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Old 07-15-11, 07:28 PM   #19
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someone you wouldn't want to meet in a darkened velodrome. a bad man. a bad bad man.
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World Champion. He represents the stripes well.
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Amazing

When he attacked on the climb I said to myself, well he doesn't usually make mistakes but my lord that was a gutsy move.

Think I'll call him Sir.
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I call him the don
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That was pretty dern awesome, but I was really sad for Roy. To solo that long and not get the win...he's one to watch in the future, this Tour has proved that.
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God of Thunder does the job just fine.
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The Man? Mr Hushovd? GOT? Perhaps its just fitting enough that he's basically known on single name basis in the cycling world. Say Thor and everyone knows who you mean. Same applies for a few others too though. Whatever, he's a great bike rider.
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