Tour de France: Thor battles to retain race leader’s yellow jersey


DSC_7416 FarrarTDF4_711-030 Not wanting to give up the yellow jersey just quite yet, Thor Hushovd sprinted to sixth in a steep climb on a windy and rainy day to defend his narrow, one-second lead to stage-winner Cadel Evans. Here’s the race report from

“I am very, very happy to keep the maillot jaune. It was a very hard climb up to the finish line and I was really on my limit,” said Hushovd, who claimed the yellow jersey with Garmin-Cervélo’s team time trial victory in stage 2. “The main objective today was to defend the yellow jersey. It was a very hard stage, with wind and narrow roads, but the team did a great job to defend me until the base of the final climb.”

DSC_7184 DSC_7210 Hushovd proved yet again he’s one of the world’s best climbing sprinters when he hung tough with the top climbers and GC riders up the final two kilometers of the stage. “It was one of my best performances to stay there against these climbers,” Hushovd said. “I am very happy with how I rode today. With about 400 meters to go, it leveled out a little bit and I even thought that perhaps I could win the stage, but that thought lasted about one second. I was truly on my limit and to keep this jersey means a lot to me and to my team.”

Follow Team Garmin at the Tour de France by checking Twitter for updates from @Garmin and @Ride_Argyle and by visiting, where you can find race reports and great pictures such as these from Tyler Farrar’s Fourth of July sprint victory.

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