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Thor Hushovd to join Garmin-Cervélo for 2011

Jonathan Vaughters says the Norwegian strong man will complement the team's current top sprinter, Tyler Farrar.

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Thor Hushovd will ride the same brand bike but wear a new jersey next year, as he joins the Garmin-Cervélo team for 2011.

Hushovd said this weekend that he was considering offers from several teams. He chose the one created by the merger of his current Cervelo TestTeam squad with Garmin-Transitions.

“Cervélo has been a great supporter for the past two years and its partnership with Garmin feels like a good fit,” said Hushovd. “I chose Garmin-Cervélo because I have a lot of respect for what (team CEO) Jonathan Vaughters has done for cycling, because I think we’ll have a very strong, competitive team, and because I’ll be able to continue to work with Cervélo. I look forward to seeing what we can all do together next year.”

Hushovd would join sprinter Tyler Farrar on the new team, but Vaughters told VeloNews last week that he foresees no conflicts.

“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.”

Vaughters said Hushovd bolsters the team’s strength in the classics.  “One of our goals is to become stronger in the classics, and adding a world-class rider like Thor will get us there. He’s an exceptionally talented rider and a great fit for our new team,” Vaughters said Monday in a team statement.

-Neal Rogers contributed to this report

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