Svein Tuft

Svein Tuft

Personal information
Full name Svein Tuft
Nickname Sveino
Born (1977-05-09) May 9, 1977
Langley, Canada
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb; 11.7 st)
Team information
Current team Orica–BikeExchange
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-Trialist
Professional team(s)
2005–2008 Symmetrics
2009–2010 Garmin–Slipstream
2011 SpiderTech–C10
2012– GreenEDGE[1]
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 TTT stage (2013)
Giro d'Italia
1 TTT stage (2014)

Stage races

Tour de Beauce (2008)
Vuelta a Cuba (2007)

One-day races and Classics

Duo Normand (2012, 2013, 2016)
National Road Race Championships (2011, 2014)
National Time Trial Championships (9 times)[N 1]


UCI America Tour (2007)
Infobox last updated on
10 October 2016

Svein Tuft (born May 9, 1977) is a Canadian road bicycle racer and the 2006–2007 UCI America Tour champion. Tuft currently races for UCI ProTeam Orica–BikeExchange.[2] Tuft is a two-time national road race champion, and a nine-time national time trial champion.

Personal life

He was born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. His grandfather, Arne Tuft, was an Olympic cross-country skier from Norway.

Tuft dropped out of school at 15 to travel and camp with his dog named Bear. He spent the next several years mountain climbing and going on long bike trips, including a 4,000 mile trip to Alaska as a teenager.[3]

While racing with the Symmetrics Cycling Team, Tuft lived in a trailer behind team owner Kevin Cunningham's house near Langley BC. In the adjacent trailer was Tuft's teammate Christian Meier. The team referred to the two as the trailer park boys.

Racing career

Tuft first raced in 1999, at the British Columbia Provincial Championships. Strong results landed him a place on the Broadmark Capital team, followed by short stints on the Mercury and Prime Alliance teams. Tuft's career flourished when he rode for the Canadian Symmetrics Cycling Team – a prominent team in North American Cycling from 2005–2008. He first captured the Canadian national time trial title in 2004 from his former teammate and three time Canadian Olympian Eric Wohlberg. Wohlberg held the title for eight consecutive years prior to Tuft. In 2007 Tuft conceded the Canadian National Time Trial title to Ryder Hesjedal.

He was selected to compete for Canada at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing China in the Road Race and Time Trial. Svein Tuft was the best finisher for a long time in the time trial, before eventually finishing 7th.

His best result so far is second place in the 2008 UCI World Championships time trial in Varese Italy during which he overcame a flat tire in the last 5 km.

He is featured prominently in a Symmetrics Cycling Team Comic book written by Marvel Comics DB Pro Editor in chief Matthew Hansen, which is used as a press kit for the team. In the comic book, Tuft is very muscular. Upon seeing himself in the comic, Tuft remarked "We're all a bunch of sissies really."[4]

In 2011 Svein Tuft was supposed to be a part of Team Pegasus Cycling. Unfortunately due to sponsorship issues, the team had to pull out at the last minute.[5] Tuft was recruited as a member of the Canadian Professional Pro-Continental Team, SpiderTech-C10, managed by Steve Bauer. Tuft won both the Canadian National Time Trial and Canadian National Road championships in Burlington, Ontario with SpiderTech in 2011. In August 2011, Tuft announced that he would leave SpiderTech for the Australian team GreenEDGE in 2012.[1]

He was praised for his 200 km solo ride in front of the peloton during stage 2 of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico. During the race, he reportedly burnt 6500 calories. Mark Cavendish tweeted it as "Ride of the day.. No, make that ride of the millennium, goes to GreenEDGE’s Svein Tuft. 200km ALONE controlling the peloton! Respect."

In August 2012, Tuft prevailed on stage 6 of the Eneco Tour, a 17.4 kilometres (10.8 mi) Individual Time Trial. The victory put him in the overall classification leader's jersey.[6] He lost the lead the next day on the seventh and last stage of the Tour, where he had to face the steep climbs of the Belgian "bergs." Tuft was announced as the third overall rider, but he was handed a 20 seconds penalty for taking a bottle of water from his team's car with less than 20 km (12 mi) to cover, which is against the rules. That punishment relegated him to seventh place, one minute behind winner Lars Boom of Rabobank.[7][8]

In 2013, Tuft opened his account and took the first victory of the season for Orica–GreenEDGE, by winning the individual time trial in the Tour de San Luis. The 19.2 km (11.9 mi) course was swept by strong winds, according to Tuft.[9] In July, he was the lanterne rouge – final-placed rider overall – of the 100th Tour de France.[10]

In 2014, Tuft wore the maglia rosa as leader of the Giro d'Italia since Orica–GreenEDGE won the opening team time trial and he crossed the line first. He stated afterward: "For a guy like me, to wear the maglia rosa is a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m really thankful to my team for that gift. It’s a really special thing."[11]

In 2015, Tuft crashed at the Tour de Romandie as he was carrying water bottles to give to his teammates. He was a non-starter for the third stage.[12] It was later revealed after medical examination that he had suffered a minor wrist fracture and a sternum injury, and was therefore pulled out of Orica-Green-Edge's Giro d'Italia's roster.[13]

Major results

1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st 2006-2007 UCI America Tour
1st Overall Vuelta a Cuba
1st Stage 1 Redlands Classic
1st U.S. Open Cycling Championships
2nd Overall Tour de Beauce
Pan-American Championships
1st Individual time trial
1st Individual pursuit
1st Madison (with Zachary Bell)
1st Points race
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour de Beauce
1st Stage 4a
2nd World Time Trial Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Missouri
7th Individual Time Trial Summer Olympics
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Prologue Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Tour of Denmark
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Canadian National Road Race Championships
3rd Overall Tour de Beauce
1st Stages 4 (ITT) & 6
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Duo Normand (with Luke Durbridge)
1st Stage 4 (ITT) Tour de Beauce
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd World Team Time Trial Championships
4th Overall Three Days of De Panne
7th Overall Eneco Tour
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 6 (ITT)
1st Duo Normand (with Luke Durbridge)
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
1st Stage 4 (ITT) Tour de San Luis
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Tour of Slovenia
2nd World Team Time Trial Championships
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held after Stage 1
1st Canadian National Time Trial Championships
1st Canadian National Road Race Championships
2nd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Duo Normand (with Luke Durbridge)
3rd UCI World Team Time Trial Championships


  1. Tuft won the Canadian National Time Trial Championship in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.


  1. 1 2 Aubrey, Jane (August 24, 2011). "Tuft heads back to the WorldTour with GreenEdge". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  2. "Orica-GreenEDGE (OGE) - AUS". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  3. Macur, Juliet (February 8, 2009). "Canadian Rider Makes Unorthodox Climb to Pinnacle". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  4. Kingston, Gary (July 13, 2007). "Drawing inspiration". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  5. Clarke, Les (December 13, 2010). "Pegasus Sports owner pulls plug on team". CyclingNews. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  6. "Tuft takes Eneco time trial and overall lead". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. August 11, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  7. Atkins, Ben (August 12, 2012). "Lars Boom secures overall with late attack on final stage". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  8. "Boom wins 2012 Eneco Tour". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. August 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  9. "Kwiatkowski grabs race lead with solid time trial performance". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  10. "Classifications". Tour de France. ASO. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  11. Timothy John (30 April 2015). "Belfast crowds 'truly impressive' and team-mates 'like brothers' says maglia rosa Svein Tuft". RoadCyclingUK. MPORA. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  12. "Albasini doubles up at Tour de Romandie". Future plc. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  13. Emil Axelgaard (30 April 2015). "Tuft out of the Giro". Cycling Quotes. 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
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