Norwegian Thor Hushovd, of the fast folding Cervelo TestOver team, has signed a contract to ride with Garmin for the 2011 season.
“I have signed for Garmin, so this is my new team for next year,” Hushovd told TV 2 Sport after finishing stage three of the Vuelta a España. “I have signed because they are focusing very much on the classics next year, and that’s a big goal for me.”
This is a great move for what will now be called the Garmin-Cervelo squad. Hushovd is a tough guy, hardman who can win on the cobbles and he’s also a damn nice guy — which makes him a good fit for the friendly but deadly riders manager Jonathan Vaughters already has on his roster. Plus, it’s one more strong man to butt heads with Mark Renshaw and Mark Cavendish at HTC-Columbia.
“It’s going to be a very good team and I get to bring many of the other riders I have at Cervélo with me. I think this is the best solution,’ said the Norwegian champion. Vaughters now has a back-up in case Farrar gets injured again in next year’s Tour de France.
Still left to be resolved: who else from Cervelo will be joining Hushovd? Rumors claim Heinrich Haussler, Andreas Klier and Roger Hammond may also jump ship for the Boulder, Colorado based team.
However, Vaughters is still evaluating how much Pom pomegranate juice and Chipotle burritos they can handle in one sitting. Nobody gets on the Garmin bus unless they’re multi-talented.