New nickname coming on strong: Thor “One Chief” Hushovd.
The Norwegian hardman is fast becoming a one note tune this year — from Paris-Roubaix to Copenhagen he keeps singing the same song. In the aftermath of the World Championship Road Race in Copenhagen, Hushovd was feeling like two is a crowd once again.
“We have two captains and our team is too small for that. We should have only one captain for next year,” Hushovd toldVG.no. “Things are clearer. It is easier for everyone to relate to it.”
Now you can read that just a general comment on race strategy or read it for ego. Given Hushovd’s statements this year about feeling unloved and unsupported, we’re taking option two.
Now, we’re generally big fans of the Norwegian and there’s no question the man delivers every year. He’s great with spectators, takes a strong anti-doping stance and his fan club wears these crazy Viking horn hats. What’s not to like?
But somebody — probably his agent — needs to take Thor aside and tell him to ease up on the “me first” story. It didn’t go over well after Paris-Roubaix when Garmin-Cervelo domestique Johan Van Summeren won the race.
It also doesn’t sound particularity good after Copenhagen with Hushovd complaining about having to share leadership with Edvald Boasson Hagen on team Norway.
And it sure won’t go down too well at his new team BMC where he’ll try to work out his role and races with Philippe Gilbert and perhaps try to make the Tour de France roster when winner Cadel Evans is already concerned about losing support.
Yo, Viking, simmer down.