Hushovd won stage three while team-mate Taylor Phinney took stage four – and the Norwegian did the business again on Thursday on the 160.5-kilometre run from Nowy Targ to Zakopane.
The 2010 world champion led home Frenchman Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ) and Italian Daniele Ratto (Cannondale).
Spanish Euskaltel rider Jon Izaguirre Insausti finished 13th in the front bunch and took a one-second lead on GC, with Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka and Sky’s Sergio Henao dropping one place to second and third respectively.
A nine-man break dissolved within 10km of the final climb then there was a secondary break with 12km to go which failed as the riders failed to work together.
That teed up the bunch sprint – and Hushovd was fastest on the uphill ramp finish, attacking one kilometre from the line.
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- Daniele Ratto