Hushovd, winner of 10 Tour de France stages, quits

HELSINKI (AP) Thor Hushovd of Norway says he will retire from professional cycling after the world championships in September because he's struggling to be in form.

The 2010 world champion, known as a strong sprinter, says on Friday he needs ''a bit of a holiday.''

The worlds are in Ponferrada, Spain.

The 36-year-old BMC rider began professional racing in 2000. He rode the Tour de France from 2001-11, winning 10 stages.

One of Norway's best cyclists, Hushovd has been plagued by the aftereffects of a virus illness in 2012, which kept him from racing for about a year.

This month, he dropped out of the Criterium du Dauphine after the third stage, saying he wasn't feeling good.

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