Alex Rasmussen joining HTC-Columbia for 2011

Four-time world track champ Alex Rasmussen wants to develop as a sprinter.

Four-time world track champion and Danish sprinter Alex Rasmussen will join Team HTC-Columbia in 2011 after a successful season on the track and the road in 2010.

Rasmussen won his fourth track world title earlier in the year and went on to win two stages in Dunkirk, a stage in Ruta del Sol and GP Herning.

“I decided to make the move to HTC-Columbia because I still have a lot to learn as a sprinter,” Rasmussen said in a team release. “I believe I can develop a lot on this team that has a history of good sprinters. I’m also looking forward to working with sport director Brian Holm.”

HTC-Columbia team manager Rolf Aldag said, “I have known Alex for quite a long time as I raced against him in some six-day races at the track. He was very young then but he always impressed me with his pure power. His victory in the Ruta del Sol time trial ahead of Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin and Michael Rogers really caught my attention.

“I believe he can be an important part in our sprinting department as well as very competitive in time trials. There are a lot results to come for Alex if he gets the right support,” he added.