Tests Reveal Hushovd Suffered From Virus And Muscle Problem

Medical tests on Thor Hushovd reveal the former world road champion suffered from a virus and muscle inflammation during a season that saw him race fewer than three dozen times for the BMC Racing Team.

Four Days Of Tests
Hushovd underwent four days of evaluation and testing at the Salt Lake City Health and Fitness Institute under the supervision of BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa. “The purpose of the tests was to explain his reduced exercise tolerance that has been limiting his performance throughout the season,” Testa said. “At the end of the four days, we determined Thor suffered a post-viral syndrome with secondary myositis ? or muscles inflammation. His medical condition is currently improving, and a full recovery is expected for next season.”

‘Really Big Relief’
Hushovd said the diagnosis puts his mind at ease from a season that saw his best result occur when he finished fifth on Stage 7 of Paris-Nice on March 10. “It’s a really big relief that I’ve been fighting all year with these bad sensations on the bike,” Hushovd said. “After awhile, you lose some confidence. But now that I’ve finally found out why I had this weakness, I’m relieved. Now I know that I can come back strong for next year.” Hushovd’s abbreviated season included withdrawing from the Giro d’Italia after five stages, not racing the Tour de France for the first time since 2000 and having to turn down an opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games. With all of that behind him, Hushovd said he will begin training in earnest Oct. 1 for 2013. “Right now, I’m just keeping the muscles active,” he said. “Yesterday I rode my bike and did some core training. So now I’ll just be trying to stay active until the first of October so I don’t lose too much fitness.”