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Thor Hushovd to retire Saturday

Thor Hushovd, a world champion and green-jersey winner, is retiring on Saturday

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Former road world champion and two-time green jersey winner Thor Hushovd will retire on Sunday, drawing the curtains on a distinguished racing career.

“The God of Thunder” won the worlds road title in 2010, was the first Norwegian to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France and has 10 individual stage wins to his credit at the Tour.

Hushovd will close his professional cycling career Saturday in Belgium at the Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem, his BMC Racing Team announced Wednesday. It marks the second high-profile departure for BMC this week; on Monday it was reported that Cadel Evans would race the Tour Down Under in 2015, then retire shortly after.

And though Hushovd’s palmares is exhaustive, it lacks one of the races he so coveted, in Paris-Roubaix, where he finished in second in 2010 and third the year prior. Hushovd won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2009 and Gent-Wevelgem in 2006.

“It has been a real pleasure to have Thor be a part of the BMC Racing Team in the twilight of his career,” BMC Racing Team president/general manager Jim Ochowicz said in a team release. “We will not soon forget the impact he has had on the sport, especially in his home country of Norway.”

The stout 36-year-old turned professional in 2000 with Crédit Agricole, and later raced for the Cervélo Test Team, Garmin-Cervélo, and finally BMC.

Hushovd was, and still is, a rider of grit and broad skill in an era increasingly marked for its specialization. In 2011, he held the yellow jersey from stage 2 through 9.

Greg Van Avermaet, winner of the Grand Prix de Wallonie on Wednesday, will join Hushovd in his final race, along with Luke Davison, Martin Kohler, Sebastian Lander, Michael Schär, Dylan Teuns, and Rick Zabel.