PRESS RELEASE: The CervÃƒÂ©lo TestTeam announced yesterday that the nordic viking Thor Hushovd will skip the Giro dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Italia.
After a full spring program including stage win at Tour of California, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and third places in both Milano-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, Hushovd is taking some time to rest and to train, giving his full focus to the Tour de France in July.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had a hard classic season and need a good break, said Hushovd. After that, I will start building up my shape slowly for my next big goal, the Tour de France. For the Giro, I would have had to be ready right from the beginning of the race, but I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t had enough time to prepare.
Hushovd made the decision in consultation with CervÃƒÂ©lo TestTeamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sports Director, Jean Paul van Poppel, Ã¢â‚¬Å“with the Tour ahead, we decided that it was in the teamsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and my best interests to adjust our plans, said Hushovd. Instead, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do Volta a Catalunya and the Tour de Swiss with my main lead-out man, Brett Lancaster. This way we can train and work together on our lead-out.Ã¢â‚¬Â
April 23rd, Pre-Selection of the CervÃƒÂ©lo TestTeam for the Giro dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Italia:
Philip Deignan (IRL), Simon Gerrans (AUS), Volodymir Gustov (UKR), JÃƒÂ©rÃƒÂ©my Hunt (GBR), Ted King (USA), Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Daniel Lloyd (GBR), Joaquin Novoa (ESP), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Hayden Roulston (NZL), Carlos Sastre (ESP)