The God of Thunder...
in the mountains.
Stage 16: Bagneres-de-Luchon - Pau.
Thor Hushovd is maintaining his god like hold on the green jersey. In succession the classic mountains starring; Col de Peyresourde, Col du d'Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulor, & Col d'Aubisque. For a sprinter he does very well climbing especially his attempt on the Tourmalet. He tried and finished in a massive group of 50, 6'45" behind the stage winner, Frenchman Perrick Fedrigo. Another French stage victory now at six. Not since 1997, has the French won six stages. A long time coming.
The God of Thunder said, "It was a great way to end the stage. I think I've got the best form of my life. It was worth trying something today and see what happens. I haven't exactly been training for stages like this and the chance of stealing points on the days when my rivals are not in the hunt-but I think I'm changing a little bit as a rider. I'm not that fast in the sprints anymore and I'm getting better at going uphill. Also, with my broken collarbone, I could not sprint so I did normal training and a lot of that work was in the mountains. And I think that's what I'm getting back now. I think the points classification is mostly down to myself & Petacchi now but, like I said at the beginning of the Tour, anything can happen so we always have to pay attention to everyone who is around."