They’re rivals now, but next season, Tyler Farrar and Thor Hushovd will ride side-by-side on the new-look Garmin-Cervélo team.
The arrival to Garmin of Hushovd and six more riders, including Heinrich Haussler, will incredibly strengthen the team’s classics team as well as bolster its sprinter depth.
Just moments after his stage victory in Lorca at the Vuelta a España, VeloNews asked Farrar how he thinks the arrival of Hushovd and the others will change the dynamic at Garmin.
“It certainly will change things. We haven’t spoken about it. We started to talk about it a bit, but I said, ‘I want to worry about the Vuelta and then the world championships right now.’ Let’s finish this season before worrying about the next one,” Farrar told VeloNews. “I know they’re coming. We’ll find a way to make it work. There are lots of races on the calendar. It’s not something I am going to worry about until I finish Melbourne.”
Hushovd said he didn’t think his arrival should create tension with Garmin next season.
“Of course, Tyler Farrar is a good sprinter, he’s an up-and-coming sprinter. We’ll just do our spring classics and we’ll see how things develop as we get closer to the Tour de France,” Hushovd told VeloNews. “I am sure we will find a good solution. We are going to be very strong and I am sure we will be fighting for the green jersey, whether it’s more, Tyler or Heinrich Haussler.”
The transfer of classics power from Cervélo — which is closing down at the end of this season and becoming the bike sponsor of Garmin next year — to Garmin in 2011 should transform the American squad into a major force in the spring classics.
Joining Hushovd and Haussler to the move will be classics specialists Roger Hammond, Daniel Lloyd, Brett Lancaster, Andreas Klier and Gabriel Rasch. Lancaster has also served as Hushovd’s lead-out man and will add more strength to Garmin’s sprint train next year as well.
Hushovd said the deal came together quickly and that he’s looking forward to teaming up again with Garmin manager Jonathan Vaughters.
“It’s good to be back with Jonathan. We raced together at Crédit Agricole, now he’s my boss, so I am really looking forward to working with him and the whole team. Of course, I am sad that the Cervélo team has to stop, but that’s just how it goes sometimes,” Hushovd continued. “We have six guys who can come with me. For me, the classics are important for me and these six guys will be there to support me. We will be really, really strong for the classics next year.”
Vaughters told VeloNews earlier this week that there’s plenty of room for both Farrar and Hushovd on the team next season.
“I’ve spoken with Tyler about it. At the end of the day I think they are different types of sprinters,” Vaughters told VeloNews. “Thor can survive hearty mountain stages, and he excels on hard, uphill finishes; Tyler is really fast. I think they are very compatible. If Thor were six or seven years younger, like when he was quick sprinter, it might be different. But now he’s really strong, he time trials well, he’s proven at one-day races that are 260km long, and with climbs. Tyler is pure speed, and I think they complement each other rather than supplement each other.”