Thor Hushovd Wins Stage Sixteen of the 2011 TDF

Stage 16-162.5 km
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Gap

There are so many things to love about Norwegians! Take, for instance, the Ostehøvel. This simple but elegant invention (common in Scandinavian kitchens but virtually unknown in the US) is the perfect tool for cutting cheese slices easily and perfectly, every time. Those who own one recognize how beautiful such a simple device can be. And who invented it? You guessed it: a Norwegian.

Another thing to love about the Nordmenn is their particular brand of panache. Perhaps you witnessed the enviable sartorial style of the Norwegian Men’s Curling team last year at the Winter Olympics. No? Allow me to introduce you.

Now of course, Norway is not just Cheese Slicers and Curling Pants. As mothers of great invention their best of all is the reinvention Thor Hushovd. Using this new formula (a touch of old sprinter, a few less pounds, and a drop or two of Vaughters) Thor went head-to-head with his countryman Edvald Boasson Hagen in today’s stage. The two Norskees looked strong, but with the help of teammate Ryder Hesjedal (Canadian, but aptly named), Rider Thor nudged out Boasson Hagen for his second stage win of this year’s Tour. Today we have cut another notch in our Tenspeed Hero Hammers. The God of Thunder has won again!

As for the GC: We have waited and waited and waited weeks for an attack. In all of our waiting we missed today’s attempt by Contador. The Heroes are not sure: was it a strong showing on a weak stage? Cadel looks strong climbing in his drops, but can he survive the final week? Some things did change though, and now we are calling back some of our bets. Norwegian Research Contributor / Hero Intern Hannah likes Frank the most.