Road race world champion Thor Hushovd wears his world championship jersey shortly after his official sign in this morning for the Amgen Tour of California Stage 5 start in Seaside.
Norwegian Thor Hushovd races for Garmin Cervelo. American announcers like to call Thor “The God of Thunder,” and Thor always smiles a little when he hears that. He’s known for his strength in time trials, and on sprint finishes his team will try to line Thor up for a win as they approach the finish line. Thor is the first Norwegian to lead in the Tour de France, and he’s the first Scandinavian to win a road race world champion. In the morning sun, Thor also glistens with strongly scented embrocation.
That rainbow jersey shows that Thor is the reigning road racing world champion. By tradition and UCI rules, he’s required to wear these colors on his jersey when he competes in a road race. It makes it easy for spectators to identify him, but it also makes it easy for contenders to spot the current champion.