Hushovd confirms switch to BMC

Tue, 09 Aug 18:38:00 2011

Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd has confirmed he will join BMC Racing for the 2012 season.

- Hushovd to join BMC

Hushovd has twice won the green jersey at the Tour de France in 2005 and 2009, but although Mark Cavendish beat the Garmin-Cervelo rider to that crown this year, the Norwegian still enjoyed an impressive tour which included two stage wins.

The deal extends through to the 2014 season.

The 33-year-old said the American team's organisation attracted him to join. "It's a serious team where it looks like everything is well-organized," he said.

"There's a plan put together for the riders for all the big and important races. Everyone knows what to do. That's a good thing."

Hushovd has set his focus on to triumphing for the team in the season's most prestigious classic.

"My biggest goal is still to win Paris-Roubaix," he added.

"The BMC Racing Team has good riders to support me or for me to help someone else on the team win."

BMC team president Jim Ochowicz said signing Hushovd would help shape the team in future season.

"Thor brings a lot of qualities to us and complements other riders on the team in races like the Spring Classics and the Grand Tours," Ochowicz said.

"We're very happy to have his talents, enthusiasm and expertise now working with the BMC Racing Team family for 2012 and beyond."

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