Thor’s 2009 Paris-Roubaix hammer

April 7, 2011

In 2009, the first year of the Cervelo TestTeam, Thor made Paris-Roubaix his main goal. Shaking off his sprinter image, he started dreaming of this race back at the winter training camp. He was right on track with his third place finish at Milan-SanRemo, and was again sprinting for third at the Tour of Flanders (in both cases behind Heinrich finishing second) when disaster struck. Instead of finishing third, he was taken down in the sprint and hurt his wrist and thumb. You can see the pretty funny post-race-beer-drinking-with-neck-brace scene here.

Anyway, he went into Paris-Roubaix tentatively, but performed brilliantly despite not being able to use his left hand. He was leading the race with Tom Boonen until that faithful left turn at Carrefour de l’Arbre. That you can all see here.

In the end, he finished 3rd. This is the bike he did it on, with a stock RS frame. As you can see, the shift lever is still crooked from his crash.

One Response to “Thor’s 2009 Paris-Roubaix hammer”


  1. [...] aero and light as well). But I was fairly sure the 202s would be OK as well as that’s what Thor rode in 2009. Tires were of course the 27mm Vittoria Pavés, which again got our group to the finish without any [...]


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