Widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time.
He won the under-23 time trial world championship and the under-23 Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Tours events.
His nickname is "The God of Thunder."
His wife Susanne gave birth to their first child Isabel in 2009.
At the 2009 Tour de France, he won a green jersey for the points classification for the second time ahead of Mark Cavendish.