Hushovd pulls out of Olympics

Norwegian cyclist cites health problems

Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole/Fra) rides past an Italian flag, on July 20, 2008, during the 183 km fifteenth stage of the 2008 Tour de France

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

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“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 told Norwegian agency NTB.

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“I wanted to compete, but like I explained to the team doctor, I need rest,” added the sprinter with the Credit Agricole team.