Löfkvist at the 2009 Eneco Tour prologue
|Full name||Karl Thomas Henry Löfkvist|
4 April 1984 |
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)|
|Current team||IAM Cycling|
|Infobox last updated on
1 February 2014
Thomas Löfkvist (born 4 April 1984) is a Swedish former professional road bicycle racer who last rode for the UCI Professional Continental team IAM Cycling. He became the youngest Swedish professional road bicycle racer when he started his professional bicycling career in FDJeux.com at the age of 19 in 2004. Lövkvist is a good time trialist and has recently improved his climbing abilities, winning the Monte Paschi Eroica in 2009 with a powerful attack during the steep final kilometer ascent. He has previously used, both within and outside of the cyling world, the surname spelling 'Lövkvist'. Beginning with the cycling season of 2010 he is using his legal surname Löfkvist throughout.
As a junior, Lövkvist was the European mountain bike champion. Aged 19 he won the Individual Time Trial and the Overall Classification of the prestigious Circuit des Ardennes. Lövkvist also finished sixth and wore the leader's jersey in the 2003 Tour de l'Avenir. Following this results he turned professional for the French team FDJeux.com in 2004.
Française des Jeux
Lövkvist's first professional season turned out to be a very successful one. The week after turning 20 he won the last stage of Circuit de la Sarthe with a 171 km breakaway, covering 150 alone after getting rid of Christophe Moreau. The stage win also gave him the Overall Classification, drawing comparisons with Tour de France winners Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond, who also won the race at the age of 20. Lövkvist finished 10 seconds ahead of Franck Bouyer, who four days later earned his revenge by beating Lövkvist in the French semi-classic Paris–Camembert. Later in the season he also won the Swedish National time trial championships and participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics. In the 2004 Tour de l'Avenir he won the last stage and finished second overall on the same time of the winner, Sylvain Calzati.
Lövkvist began the 2005 season with a 12th place in the Paris–Nice. He made his debut in the Tour de France as the youngest rider at the age of 21. He also finished 4th in the Tour de Pologne and 14th in the Deutschland Tour. He was later named the Swedish Cyclist of the Year. In 2006 he became the Swedish National Road Race champion and was once again the youngest rider of Tour de France.
In 2007 he finished second in the Critérium International after winning the concluding Time Trial. He also competed in the Tour de France and later finished second in the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España, the best stage result for a Swede in Vuelta a España since 1982. At the age of 23 he had finished his second Grand Tour of the season and the fourth of his career. Note that Lövkvist was the UCI ProTour rider with most competition days (84) in 2007 and he only abandoned in the last stage of Paris–Nice. He was also covered the third most competition kilometers in the ProTour.
Löfkvist joined the T-Mobile Team for the 2008 season, later known as HTC-Highroad. Löfkvist won the best young rider classification and finished third in the Tirreno–Adriatico. His improvement in stage races became clear after he finished fifth in the Tour de Suisse, ahead of his team leader Kim Kirchen. Löfkvist also took the white jersey from Romain Feillu in the first time trial of the 2008 Tour de France. Löfkvist then finished impressively 12th at the World Championships.
In 2009 he finished 5th at the Tour of California behind Levi Leipheimer and then won the Monte Paschi Eroica, his first win in two years. He also finished fourth in the Tirreno–Adriatico and later wore the maglia rosa at the 2009 Giro d'Italia.
On 10 September 2009, Löfkvist was presented as a rider for the newly established British Team Sky, where he has chosen to spell his name 'Löfkvist'. Team Sky officials have said that the name appears as 'Löfkvist' on the rider's passport, and he previously has used that spelling in the Olympic games.
In August 2014, Lofkvist announced his retirement at the end of the 2014 season, as he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue.
"My body is saying stop. I’ve enjoyed winning the Strade Bianche, but my most memorable moment is when I got the pink jersey at the Giro d’Italia in 2009. I’ve chosen my teams for their ethics and I’m proud of that."—Thomas Löfkvist
- 1st Overall Circuit des Ardennes
- 1st National Time Trial Championships
- 1st Overall, Circuit de la Sarthe
- 1st Stage 4
- 2nd Paris–Camembert
- 2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
- 1st Stage 10
- 4th Overall Tour of Poland
- 5th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
- 1st National Road Race Championships
- 1st Stage 3 (ITT) Critérium International
- 2nd Overall Deutschland Tour
- 3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 3rd Cantons d'Argovie
- 5th Coppa Bernocchi
- 5th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 8th Monte Paschi Eroica
- 9th Overall Tour of Catalonia
- 1st Monte Paschi Eroica
- 1st Stage 5 Sachsen Tour
- 4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 5th Overall Tour of California
- 6th Flèche Wallonne
- Giro d'Italia
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
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- "Thomas Lövkvist signs with FDJeux.com". cyclingnews.com. 15 September 2003. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- "A champion is born: Thomas Lövkvist". cyclingnews.com. 9 April 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- "Sarthe rematch turns the tables". cyclingnews.com. 13 April 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- "Rider profile: Thomas Lövkvist". cyclingfans.com. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- "CYCLING QUOTIENT – PROTOUR STATISTICS 2007" (DOC). cqranking.com. Retrieved 2008-07-09.[dead link]
- "IAM Cycling announces 2013 roster". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 20 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Löfkvist announces retirement from professional cycling". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 28 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
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