Lars Petter Nordhaug

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Lars Petter Nordhaug
Lars Petter Nordhaug, Mendrisio 2009 - Men Elite.jpg
Nordhaug at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships in Switzerland
Personal information
Full name Lars Petter Nordhaug
Nickname LPN
Born (1984-05-14) 14 May 1984 (age 30)
Tønsberg, Norway
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Team information
Current team Belkin Pro Cycling
Discipline Road and Mountain Biking
Role Rider
Rider type Puncheur
Professional team(s)
2005–2009
2010–2012
2013–
Team Maxbo Bianchi
Team Sky
Blanco Pro Cycling
Major wins

Single-Day Races and Classics

GP de Montréal (2012)
National Road Race Championships (2006)
Infobox last updated on
1 January 2014

Lars Petter Nordhaug (born 14 May 1984) is a Norwegian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Belkin Pro Cycling.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Nordhaug competing in the 2011 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

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.[2]

Team Sky: 2010–12[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Nordhaug led Sky at the Tour of the Basque Country, where he came sixth overall.[6] 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.[7]

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.[1] 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.[8]

Career highlights[edit]

2004
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Nordic Cross-country Mountain bike Racing Championships
2005
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Under-23 Road Race Championships
2006
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Birkebeinerrittet Championships (MTB)
2007
1st Overall Gjøvik GP
2008
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Cross-country Mountain bike Racing Championships
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
1st Mountains classification
9th Overall Ringerike GP
2009
2nd Overall Tour of Ireland
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 5
2011
1st Tønsberg Cyclo-cross
2012
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
2013
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification Arctic Race of Norway
2nd Overall Tour des Fjords
8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championships
2014
3rd Overall Arctic Race of Norway[9]
1st Stage 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Two year Rabobank contract will see Lars Petter Nordhaug leave Team Sky". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Shane Stokes (24 August 2009). "Nordhaug wins final stage in Ireland". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "More stars for Team Sky". Sky News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Nordhaug solos to victory on Mallorca". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 7 February 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Shane Stokes (25 March 2012). "Evans seals Criterium International victory, Fedrigo takes final stage". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Nigel Wynn (7 April 2012). "Sanchez wins Vuelta al Pais Vasco overall". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Kruijswijk wins the Arctic Race of Norway". cyclingnews.com. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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