Kurt Asle Arvesen

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Kurt Asle Arvesen
Arvesen at the 2005 HEW Cyclassics
Personal information
Full nameKurt Asle Arvesen
Born (1975-02-09) 9 February 1975 (age 46)
Molde, Norway
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
Team information
Current teamUno-X Pro Cycling Team
Rider type
  • Sprinter
  • Classics specialist
Professional teams
1999–2000Riso Scotti–Vinavil
2001–2003Team Fakta
2004–2009Team CSC
2010–2011Team Sky
Managerial teams
2012–2016Team Sky
2017–Uno-X Hydrogen Development Team[1]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2008)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2003, 2007)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2006)

Stage races

Danmark Rundt (2004, 2007)
Ster Elektrotoer (2006)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2009)
National Time Trial Championships (2001, 2006)
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (2008)

Kurt Asle Arvesen (born 9 February 1975) is a Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1998 and 2011.[2] Arvesen is from Eresfjord, Nesset. He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships five times,[3] as well as stages in each of the three Grand Tours.

After retiring as a rider, Arvesen became a coach with Team Sky.[4] He currently works as a directeur sportif for UCI ProTeam Uno-X Pro Cycling Team.[5]


Kurt-Asle Arvesen

After winning the gold medal at the 1997 Under-23 World Championship as an amateur, Arvesen turned pro with Italian team Asics in 1998, where later Team CSC teammate Ivan Basso rode as a stagiare. The two riders moved on to Davide Boifava's team, Riso Scotti-Vinavil in 1999, which was renamed Amica Chips-Tacconi Sport in 2000, but Arvesen's three years in Italy did not get him the results his World Under-23 Championships win had foretold. In 2001 Arvesen and Basso split up, as Arvesen moved on to Danish Team Fakta, where he experienced his most successful years culminating in a stage win in the 2003 Giro d'Italia.

In 2004, Team Fakta closed, and Arvesen and sports director Kim Andersen both moved on to Team CSC. At Team CSC, Arvesen has been riding mostly as a domestique, but he won the stage race Danmark Rundt as well as CSC Classic in 2004. For the 2004 Tour de France, Arvesen helped team captain Basso finish second overall, and he was named the toughest rider in the peloton when he finished the three-weeks long race after crashing severely on several stages.

For the 2005 Tour de France he would once more ride in support of Basso. This time Arvesen had the strength to ride aggressively, and on the 17th stage of the race, he got in a breakaway with 16 other riders which lasted all the way to the finish line. As the leading group slowly disintegrated, he and Italian rider Paolo Savoldelli were the last riders for the sprint, but Savoldelli was too fast for Arvesen.[6]

In the 2006 UCI ProTour spring season Arvesen got a handful of top 10 placings. When he crashed into a right-swinging car during a training ride in April,[7] he got away with road rash and a bruised right knee and less than a week later he rode Rund um den Henninger Turm, though he did not ride the race to its end. He finally won Ster Elektrotoer, but that was not sufficient to secure a place in the 2006 Tour de France roster. Arvesen became runner-up in Paris–Tours. In the 2007 Giro d'Italia Arvesen won stage 8 after beating Paolo Bettini in the finish. On July 16 he won stage 11 in the 2008 Tour de France, his first ever stage win in the tour. After engaging in a successful breakaway, he finished winning two centimeters ahead of number two.

Arversen's 2009 tour came to a disappointing end on Stage 10 just after passing Guéret. The Norwegian champion claimed his only stage victory in the Tour in Foix 12 months previously, however on Tuesday 14 July 2009 he crashed around the 88 km mark of the stage between Limoges and Issoudun. Curiously, before the start of the 10th Stage he joked on the floor pretending he had fallen.

After a week of rumours, it was official on 10 September 2009 that Arvesen would be joining Team Sky from the 2010-season, along with fellow Norwegians Edvald Boasson Hagen and Lars Petter Nordhaug.[8][9] The start of the 2010 season with Team Sky was marred by injury for Arvesen. After winning the 1st stage of Tour of Qatar (TTT), Arvesen crashed on the following stage, breaking his collarbone. He returned to the bike in time to participate in Tirreno–Adriatico.

He ended his racing career after the 2011 season,[2] but remained at Ineos Grenadiers as a specialist coach.[4] He became a Sports Director with the team in 2015.[10] In October 2016 it was announced that he would leave Sky and become Sports Director for the Norwegian UCI Continental squad Uno-X Hydrogen Development Team.[11] In March 2017 it was also announced that he had agreed a permanent contract with Eurosport to act as an analyst for the channel, having appeared as a guest commentator with the station for several years.[12]

Major results[edit]

1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
7th Circuito de Getxo
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 9 Herald Sun Tour
3rd Scheldeprijs
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Sweden
1st Schynberg Rundfahrt
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Paris–Corrèze
2nd Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
4th G.P. Costa degli Etruschi
7th Rund um den Henninger Turm
8th Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 10 Giro d'Italia
4th GP Lugano
4th Cholet - Pays De Loire
5th GP Ouest–France
5th Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic
7th Brabantse Pijl
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Danmark Rundt
1st CSC Classic
3rd Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
9th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
9th Road race, Olympic Games
2nd Overall Danmark Rundt
4th Grand Prix de Wallonie
10th Overall Critérium International
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
2nd Paris–Tours
3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
4th Overall Danmark Rundt
7th Brabantse Pijl
8th Dwars door Vlaanderen
10th Overall Tirreno-Adriatico
10th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Giro del Piemonte
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
1st GP Herning
2nd Rund um den Henninger Turm
3rd Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 11 Tour de France
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Stenlille–Dianalund
7th Tour of Flanders
10th Milan–San Remo
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Road race, National Road Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF 62
A yellow jersey Tour de France 123 89 67 56 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 46 108 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Uno - X Norwegian Development Team". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Benson, Daniel (14 August 2011). "Arvesen to retire at the end of the season". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ "National Championship, Road, Elite, Norway". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Coaching role for Arvesen at Team Sky". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Uno - X Pro Cycling Team". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 7 January 2021. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  6. ^ Savoldelli Successful On A Day Of Change Archived 2006-06-24 at the Wayback Machine, LeTour.fr
  7. ^ (in Norwegian) Kurt Asle Arvesen, Kjørt ned på trening!, KurtAsleArvesen.com, April 26, 2006
  8. ^ "More stars for Team Sky". Sky News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  9. ^ "I am riding for Team Sky 2010!". Twitter. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  10. ^ "Sports Director". Team Sky. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Arvesen vender hjem til Norge" [Arvesen returns home to Norway]. nrk.no (in Norwegian). 5 October 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  12. ^ Birkeland, Erik (22 March 2017). "Ny jobb for Arvesen: – Jeg kjenner rittene vi skal kommentere" [New job for Arvesen: - I know the races we shall commentate on]. Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 March 2017.

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