The Mighty Thor joins Captain America and a cast of other heroes for 2011.
Do you know how absolutely stacked Team Garmin-Cervélo will be in 2011? I can’t wait to see this group in action. And while I’m not convinced that it’s a team for the grand tours, I’m sure it’s going to be massively successful in the spring classics and in shorter stage races like the Tour of California.
This year’s Garmin team already features the great sprinter Tyler Farrar, world-class time trialists David Millar and Dave Zabriskie, experienced and successful GC contenders Christian VandeVelde and Tom Danielson, up-and-coming talents Dan Martin, Peter Stetina, Ryder Hesjedal and Martijn Maaskant, and workhorses Julian Dean and Johan Van Summeren.
Now, add to that group these riders from the soon-to-be-defunct Cervélo Test Team: newly-crowned road race world champion Thor Hushovd, another top sprinter in Heinrich Haussler, and classics specialists Roger Hammond and Andreas Klier. Brett Lancaster, Daniel Lloyd and Gabriel Rasch will have their roles to play as well.
Obviously, things don’t always work out on the road the way you think they will when you’re making the plans. Last winter when I saw what Team Sky was doing I thought it would be far more successful than it proved to be. But I don’t think I’ll have to eat my words about Garmin-Cervélo. This will be a great team.