Thor Hushovd will join the BMC Racing Team for the 2012 season, becoming the third straight world road champion to become part of the American team’s roster the past two seasons.
Hushovd won two stages of the Tour de France this year and wore the leader’s yellow jersey for Garmin-Cervlo for seven days. A two-time winner of the Tour’s points classification (2005, 2009), the Norwegian said a finely turned organizational structure is what attracted him to the BMC Racing Team. “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 said one ambition remains when it comes to his classics career. “My biggest goal is still to win Paris-Roubaix. The BMC Racing Team has good riders to support me or for me to help someone else on the team win,” he said.
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said signing Hushovd fits perfectly into the future plans of the organization. “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.” Exact terms of Hushovd’s contract are not being disclosed, Ochowicz said, other than the deal extends through the end of the 2014 season.