Kurt Asle Arvesen

Kurt Asle Arvesen

Arvesen at the 2005 HEW Cyclassics
Personal information
Full name Kurt Asle Arvesen
Born (1975-02-09) 9 February 1975
Molde, Norway
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Directeur sportif
Rider type Sprinter/Classics (retired)
Professional team(s)
1998 Asics
1999–2000 Riso Scotti
2001–2003 Team Fakta
2004–2009 Team CSC
2010–2011 Team Sky
Managerial team(s)
2012– Team Sky
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2008)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2003, 2007)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2006)

Stage races

Danmark Rundt (2004, 2007)
Ster Elektrotoer (2006)

One-day races and Classics

E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (2008)
National Road Race Championships (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2009)
National Time Trial Championships (2001, 2006)
Infobox last updated on
31 March 2013

Kurt Asle Arvesen (born 9 February 1975) is a former Norwegian professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1998 and 2011.[1] Arvesen is from Eresfjord, Nesset. After retiring as a rider, Arvesen became a coach with Team Sky.[2] He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championship five times,[3] as well as stages in each of the three Grand Tours.


Kurt-Asle Arvesen

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.[4]

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,[5] 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.[6][7] 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, and he has his eye set on the spring classics to come.

He ended his racing career after the 2011 season,[1] but remained at Team Sky as a specialist coach.[2] He became a Sports Director with the team in 2015.[8]

Major results

1st UCI World Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st National Road Race Championships
1st National Road Race Championships
7th Circuito de Getxo
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 9 Herald Sun Tour
3rd Scheldeprijs
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Overall Tour of Sweden
1st Schynberg Rundfahrt
1st Mountains classification Paris–Corrèze
2nd Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Points classification
1st Stage 3
4th G.P. Costa degli Etruschi
7th Rund um den Henninger Turm
8th Overall Eneco Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 10 Giro d'Italia
4th GP Lugano
4th Cholet - Pays De Loire
5th GP Ouest-France
5th Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic
7th De Brabantse Pijl
1st Overall Danmark Rundt
1st CSC Classic
3rd Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
9th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
9th Olympic Games Road Race
2nd Overall Danmark Rundt
4th Grand Prix de Wallonie
10th Overall Critérium International
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stage 1 TTT Vuelta a España
2nd Paris–Tours
3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
4th Overall Danmark Rundt
7th De Brabantse Pijl
8th Dwars door Vlaanderen
10th Overall Tirreno-Adriatico
10th Gent–Wevelgem
10th Giro del Piemonte
1st Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
1st GP Herning
2nd Rund um den Henninger Turm
3rd Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 11 Tour de France
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Stenlille –Dianalund
7th Tour of Flanders
10th Milan–San Remo
1st National Road Race Championships


  1. 1 2 Benson, Daniel (14 August 2011). "Arvesen to retire at the end of the season". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Coaching role for Arvesen at Team Sky". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. "National Championship, Road, Elite, Norway". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. Savoldelli Successful On A Day Of Change, LeTour.fr
  5. (Norwegian) Kurt Asle Arvesen, Kjørt ned på trening!, KurtAsleArvesen.com, April 26, 2006
  6. "More stars for Team Sky". Sky News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  7. "I am riding for Team Sky 2010!". Twitter. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  8. "Sports Director". Team Sky. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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