Kurt Asle Arvesen
9 February 1975 (age 48) Molde, Norway (
Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's individual road race
Thor Hushovd, Lance Armstrong, Bradley Wiggins, Vincenzo Nibali, Carlos Sastre
Kurt asle arvesen win on 11th stage norway
Kurt Asle Arvesen (born 9 February 1975) is a former Norwegian professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1998 and 2011. Arvesen is from Eresfjord, Nesset. After retiring as a rider, Arvesen became a coach with Team Sky. He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championship five times, as well as stages in each of the three Grand Tours.
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Kurt asle arvesen vinner 10 etappe i giro d italia 2003
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 managed to win 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 managed to finish 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 breakway 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.
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, 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 managed to win 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. 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, but remained at Team Sky as a specialist coach. He became a Sports Director with the team in 2015. 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. 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.