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Hushovd content with BMC's Roubaix reconnaissance

By:
Cycling News
Published:
February 28, 2012, 5:33 GMT,
Updated:
February 28, 2012, 5:33 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Race:
Paris - Roubaix
Thor Hushovd (BMC) was dropped from the breakaway.

Thor Hushovd (BMC) was dropped from the breakaway.

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Former world champion still getting used to new equipment

BMC is leaving no stone unturned as it ramps up for its assault on the cobbled classics in March and April. The team conducted routine equipment testing and course reconnaissance on the roads of this year's Paris-Roubaix to put themselves in the best position for a successful spring.

Former world road champion Thor Hushovd rode a combined total of more than 200 kilometers over the two days, fine tuning his set-up for the race, including tyre pressure, bar height, and various wheel sets.

"For me, I was here to find out what I need and what the mechanics can make better for the Roubaix," Hushovd said. "I'm really happy and confident with all the testing we’ve done, and think we’ll be more than prepared come April."

Hushovd counts among his four top 10 finishes at Paris-Roubaix a runner-up in 2010 and third place in 2009. The Norwegian was among the favourites for last year’s race but was heavily marked by his rivals, freeing up then teammate Johan Vansummeren to take the win.

With BMC stacked with talent for the Grand Tours and Ardennes, Hushovd has placed even more emphasis on success on the cobblestones.

John Lelangue added that it was also critical to get the testing done before the parcours become more crowded when spring racing gets fully underway.

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