Thor Hushovd rode back in to the Tour de France’s green jersey today on stage 16, climbing the brutal Col du Tourmalet alongside Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck to steal six points on the finish line.

Cervelo rider Hushovd won the sprint for 10th place at the front of a select group of 49 riders, six minutes and 45 seconds behind the stage winner Pierrick Fedrigo. That group contained all the race favourites (apart from Cadel Evans who finished 23 minutes down and Ivan Basso who finished 34 minutes down), while the autobus finished 34 minutes and 48 seconds behind the winner.

Should Hushovd win green in Paris he will have done so in an ‘all-rounder’ style rather than doing so by being the fastest sprinter in the race. Hushovd won stage three to Arenberg from a small group but since then has failed to make much of an impact in the bunch sprints.

He has, however, ridden consistently at the front of the race, getting top tens in the sprints and putting himself in breaks to grab the intermediate points. Today he made his most audacious move yet by attacking the race leaders on the slopes of the Tourmalet, “we weren’t going very fast, so I thought I’d give it a go,” he said after the stage.

The Norwegian is now on 191 points in the green jersey competition, leading Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) by just four points. Mark Cavendish is in third spot, but 29 points behind Hushovd.

After the stage Hushovd stated that Petacchi was his main rival, and seemed to dismiss Cavendish’s challenge. “It was an important day. I knew it was a good chance to try to get some more points,” Hushovd said.

“The team did a great job helping me get over the climbs. With the break up the road, we knew there were some points waiting at the finish line. It’s important to take [points] whenever you have the opportunity. Petacchi is the most dangerous rival. I am feeling better as this Tour goes along.”

On paper Cavendish could still win green, but there are only two sprint stages left for him to overhaul Hushovd’s lead. If the Manxman were to win in both Bordeaux and Paris, he would pick up 70 points, meaning Hushovd would only have to score 42 points to hold him off. Plus there are two intermediate sprints on stage 18 to Bordeaux and another two on the final stage in to Paris.

Petacchi is a far greater threat, he only needs to twice finish in the top three with Hushovd behind him to win green. A win that may not go down too well now the Italian has been named by Gazzetta dello Sport as being involved in a new doping investigation.

Despite knowing he’s not the fastest man in the peloton, Hushovd hasn’t given up on winning another stage; “I think I have a good chance to win another stage. I would love to win on the Champs-Elysées. The green jersey always comes down to who is the strongest rider over three weeks.”

Tour de France 2010: Latest news



Armstrong has his last go in the Tour



Tour’s points leader Petacchi investigated for doping



Contador issues video apology to Schleck



Millar searches horizon for Eiffel Tower



Schleck-Contador friendship turns sour after chain problem



Wiggins at 2010 Tour: “I haven’t got it”



Basso wins Tour’s acceptance; podium spot next goal



Contador versus Schleck: A game of seconds



Can Cav win without Renshaw?



Hesjedal pushing his way to the Tour’s top



Renshaw disqualification overshadows Cavendish’s win



Charly Wegelius pulls out of Tour



Did Armstrong own a stake in Tailwind Sports, or not?



Cavendish in a ‘must win’ situation for Tour’s green jersey



Millar rides through pain barrier to make time cut



Roche alongside Tour’s top men ahead of Pyrenees



Wiggins to aim for Tour de France stage win?



Dan Lloyd battles on in Tour despite groin strain

Tour de France 2010: Stage reports



Stage 16: Fedrigo takes tough Pyrenean stage



Stage 15: Victorious Voeckler continues fine Franch Tour as Contador takes yellow jersey



Stage 14: Riblon hangs on in Pyrenees to give France fourth stage win



Stage 13: Vino returns to top of Tour after doping ban



Stage 12: Rodriguez wins as Contador attacks



Stage 11: Cavendish bags third stage win but lead out man kicked out of Tour



Stage 10: Cavendish bags third stage win but his lead-out man is kicked out of race



Stage 10: Paulinho claims narrow stage victory on Bastille day



Stage nine: Casar wins stage as Schleck and Contador go head-to-head



Stage seven: Chavanel wins stage and takes overall as Thomas drops out of Tour’s white



Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up



Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour



Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims



Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC



Stage three live coverage: As it happened



Stage two: Comeback man Chavanel takes victory in Spa



Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters



Prologue: Cancellara pips Martin to win

Tour de France 2010: Photos



Stage 15 photo gallery



Stage 14 photo gallery



Stage 13 photo gallery



Stage 12 photo gallery



Stage 11 photo gallery



Stage 10 photo gallery



Stage nine photo gallery



Stage eight photo gallery



Tour 2010 wallpaper



Stage seven photo gallery



Stage six photo gallery



Stage five photo gallery



Stage four photo gallery



Stage three photo gallery



Stage two photo gallery



Stage one gallery



Prologue photo gallery

Tour de France 2010: Videos



Stage 16 video highlights



Stage 15 video highlights



Stage 14 video highlights



Stage 13 video highlights



Stage 12 video highlights



Stage 11 video highlights



Stage 10 video highlights



Stage nine video highlights



Stage eight video highlights



Stage seven video highlights



Stage six video highlights



Stage five video highlights



Stage four video highlights



Stage three video highlights



Stage two video highlights



Stage one video highlights



Prologue video highlights

Tour de France 2010: Race guide



Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index



Official start list, with race numbers



Brits at the Tour 2010



Tout team guide



Tour jerseys: What they are and what they mean



Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Wiggins

Tour de France 2010: Pictures



Tour team presentation, Rotterdam



Tour teams take to the cobbles: Photo special