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Thor Hushovd pulls out of Olympics

Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd, a stage winner in last month's Tour de France, on Friday pulled out of the Beijing Olympics, citing health problems. "It's stupid and very bitter but I have to think of my health. I struggled on the Tour de France and I was sick," the 30-year-old Hushovd, who races for Crédit Agricole, told Norwegian agency NTB. "I wanted to compete, but like I explained to the team doctor, I need rest."

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Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd, a stage winner in last month’s Tour de France, on Friday pulled out of the Beijing Olympics, citing health problems.

“It’s stupid and very bitter but I have to think of my health. I struggled on the Tour de France and I was sick,” the 30-year-old Hushovd, who races for Crédit Agricole, told Norwegian agency NTB. “I wanted to compete, but like I explained to the team doctor, I need rest.”