Norway's Hushovd pulls out of cycling road race team

PAU, France Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:50am EDT

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PAU, France (Reuters) - Former cycling world champion Thor Hushovd has pulled out of the London Olympics because he has not fully recovered from a virus, the Norwegian federation said on Monday.

The 2010 world champion has been replaced in the four-man team for the road race by Vegard Stake Laengen, the Norwegian federation said in a statement on their website (

Hushovd, who withdrew from the Tour de France because of a debilitating virus, pulled out of the Tour of Poland last week.

The Olympic road race will take place on July 28.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing By Alison Wildey)