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Thor Hushovd in his world champion’s stripes way back in 2011 and now the Norwegian legend has landed a big job in cycling (Photo: Gian Mattia D’Alberto)

Thor Hushovd, the former road race world champion, has landed a big new job in pro cycling after his appointment as general manager at Uno X Mobility, which will ride the Tour de France for the second time this season.

He will officially take on the team boss job from February 1st and takes over from Jens Haugland, who has been general manager of the team since its inception as a UCI Continental squad in 2016.

As well as being the cycling team boss, Haugland is also the chief executive of Reitan Retail, the parent company of Uno-X Mobility. He will remain on the board of the cycling team as Hushovd takes over as team boss.

“We are very ambitious both for the ongoing transformation of our mobility business, and for the development of the cycling team,” said outgoing chairman of the team, Vegar Kulset, who will remain involved but is replaced as cycling team chairman by Reitan Retail chief executive and owner Ole Robert Reitan

“This will require a lot of strong and focused leadership, and I am delighted that Thor Hushovd joins Uno-X Mobility Cycling as general manager, effective February 1st,” added Kulset.

“The signing of Hushovd represents another step in the development of the cycling team, and it strengthens our leadership in Reitan Retail and the Uno-X Mobility business.

“Thor Hushovd needs no further presentation, and he has an outstanding background and personality to help Uno-X Mobility take the next steps in professional cycling. Our World Tour ambitions with both our women and men are no secret.”

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