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Sébastien Rosseler adds time trial, classics power to Garmin for 2012

BOULDER, Colo. (VN) — Sébastien Rosseler will add more time trial and classics zip to Garmin-Cervélo in 2012.

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Sebastian Rosseler grabbed the overall win at the 2011 Three Days of De Panne with a strong TT.

BOULDER, Colo. (VN) — Sébastien Rosseler will add more time trial and classics zip to Garmin-Cervélo in 2012.

Rosseler announced Wednesday on his website that he would leave RadioShack at the end of the season after signing a contract with Garmin, the Tour de France teams classification winner, this week. The Belgian all-rounder said that the new world trade team time trial championship in 2012 was in part responsible for his move as Garmin boss Jonathan Vaughters and he target that event in Valkenberg, Netherlands.

The announcement read: “Jonathan Vaughters wanted to count (Rosseler) among his ranks for the all-new world championship against the clock by teams in 2012, an interest that eventually tipped the balance toward the best team in the 2011 Tour.”

Rosseler joined RadioShack in 2010 after spending his entire eight-year espoir and pro career with Quick Step, save for a 2004 neo-pro stint with Spanish squad Relax-Bodysol. The 30-year-old Belgian is a talented all-rounder and has finished the Tour three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Rosseler won the individual time trial and the overall at the Three Days of De Panne in March, but was sidelined weeks later with a knee injury. After missing two months of competition, Rosseler was diagnosed in mid-June with a torn tendon and was forced to miss the Tour de France. It was the second Tour in two years Rosseler missed after he broke his shoulder and hand in a training collision with a car in June 2010. He had won the hilly semi-classic Brabantse Pijl and a stage at the Volta ao Algarve earlier in the season.

In mid-July Rosseler announced that his 2011 season would end so that he could focus on a full recovery.