The mighty Thor thunders in the mountains to win stage 13 of the Tour de France in a textbook display of breakaway riding.
Hushovd, not a specialist in the mountains, rode a perfect race attacking on the slopes of the feared Col d’Aubisque, or 17 kilometres of suffering on a bike.
Still the Norwegian risked all to get over the hill; he then began a high speed descent in pursuit of the Frenchman Jeremy Roy, who rode a brave race. Thor knew nobody could take him in a sprint to the finish and so it proved.
A delighted world champion glided over the line to richly deserved applause to claim a high mountain stage, a rare achievement for a cyclist renowned for his sprinting.
Confirmation of the results from stage 12: Thor Hushovd wins from France’s David Moncoutie, his compatriot Jeremy Roy finished third and claimed the mountain jersey
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler again defended the yellow jersey.
Stage 14 is very tough with six big climbs.