Lars Petter Nordhaug
Nordhaug at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Switzerland
|Full name||Lars Petter Nordhaug|
14 May 1984 |
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (140 lb; 9.9 st)|
|Current team||Belkin Pro Cycling|
|Discipline||Road and Mountain Biking|
|Team Maxbo Bianchi
Blanco Pro Cycling
|Infobox last updated on
1 October 2013
Nordhaug started his career as a mountain biker, but after finishing 5th in the 2004 Norwegian National Road Racing Championship, his focus changed towards road bicycle racing. His breakthrough came two years later, in 2006, when he won the National Road Racing Championship. This year was his breakout year, also winning Birkebeinerrittet, a Norwegian long-distance mountain-bike cycling race.
In August 2009, Nordhaug scored a second overall finish on the Tour of Ireland while riding for UCI Continental team Team Joker Bianchi. This race was a three stage event classified as 2.1. His victory in the undulating last stage carried him to that placing, after he got the best of breakaway companion Russell Downing, who won the general classification.
Team Sky: 2010–12
After a week of rumours, it was announced on 10 September 2009 that Nordhaug would be joining Team Sky from the 2010 season, along with fellow Norwegians Edvald Boasson Hagen and Kurt Asle Arvesen. Nordhaug spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons working mainly as a domestique, riding the Ardennes classics and the 2011 Giro d'Italia. He signed a new contract with Sky at the end of 2011.
Nordhaug took his first victory for Sky at the 2012 Trofeo Deia, the third race at the Challenge Mallorca. He shook off the last contenders on the last difficulty of the day, before descending solo and crossing the line in Deia, registering his first victory since 2009. He also rode a good Critérium International event in Corsica, finishing fourth overall behind a strong podium composed of Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ-BigMat) and his teammate Michael Rogers. Nordhaug led Sky at the Tour of the Basque Country, where he came sixth overall. His promising early season form saw him take a prominent role in the team's Ardennes classics squad. Nordhaug was well placed in the closing stages of the Amstel Gold Race but crashed out in the final 300 metres (980 ft) of the finishing climb, the Cauberg, after clashing wheels with Lampre-ISD's Damiano Cunego.
In August, Nordhaug announced that he would leave Team Sky at the end of the 2012 season, and would join Blanco Pro Cycling on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards. As a result of his decision, Nordhaug was not selected for the Vuelta a España and instead rode the Danmark Rundt, where he won the third stage, to take the overall lead in the race. He took his biggest career victory to date at the 2012 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, winning a sprint from a group of four riders after his solo attack was caught in the closing stages of the race.
- 1st Nordic Cross-country Mountain bike Racing Champion
- 1st U-23 National Road Racing Champion
- 1st National Road Racing Champion
- 1st Birkebeinerrittet Champion (MTB)
- 1st Overall Gjøvik GP
- 1st National Cross-country Mountain bike Racing Champion
- 1st Overall Festningsrittet
- 1st Stages 2 & 3
- 1st Points classification
- 2nd Overall GP Borremans Viane
- 3rd Overall Kalas Cup Trophy
- 7th Overall Sparkassen Giro
- 7th Overall Tour of Ireland
- 8th Overall Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
- 9th Overall Ringerike GP
- 2nd Overall Tour of Ireland
- 1st Stage 3
- 4th Overall Tour de Normandie
- 1st Stage 5
- 1st Tønsberg Cyclo-cross
- 1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 1st Trofeo Deià
- 1st Stage 3 Danmark Rundt
- 2nd National Road Race Championships
- 3rd National Time Trial Championships
- 3rd Overall Glava Tour of Norway
- 4th Overall Critérium International
- 6th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Mountains classification Arctic Race of Norway
- 2nd Overall Tour des Fjords
- 8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 1st National Cyclo-cross championships
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- "More stars for Team Sky". Sky News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
- "Nordhaug solos to victory on Mallorca". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 7 February 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- Shane Stokes (25 March 2012). "Evans seals Criterium International victory, Fedrigo takes final stage". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- Nigel Wynn (7 April 2012). "Sanchez wins Vuelta al Pais Vasco overall". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Crash ends Cunego's chances of posting a result at Amstel Gold Race". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 16 April 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- Kyle Moore (9 September 2012). "Lars Petter Nordhaug nails career best win in GP Cycliste de Montréal". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 10 September 2012.
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