Top cyclist cut from Tour de France

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Kurt Asle Arvesen, one of Norway’s top cyclists, won’t be able to compete in the Tour de France this year. His team dropped him because of weight requirements after a disappointing season so far.

Kurt Asle Arvesen won't be riding in the Tour de France this year. PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons

Arvesen, age 35 from , has been plagued by knee problems and after-effects of a broken collarbone, and also had to drop out of a major race in Switzerland because of a stomach ailment. Team Sky, which Arvesen has been a member of, determined him to be too light after a weighing-in this week.

Arvesen said he was “very disappointed” but accepted the decision and thinks his team is “incredibly good.” “I knew that my own possibilities of being part of the Tour de France team were only 50-50,” he told news bureau NTB.

Arvesen rode his first Tour de France in 2004 and since has competed in it five times. 

Now there will be only two Norwegians participating in the Tour de France, Edvald Boasson Hagen (also part of Team Sky) and Tour veteran Thor Hushovd, who now cycles for the Cervelo team. Hushovd will be riding in the Tour for the 10th time and is aiming for his third victory in the fight for the green sprint jersey.

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