Please choose your territory and language
Benelux, Nederlandse

team news

Thor Hushovd's eighth place finish in his first race of 2013 comes six months after his last race of 2012. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Thor Hushovd's eighth place finish in his first race of 2013 comes six months after his last race of 2012. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de San Luis, Stage 1: Hushovd Eighth

21. January 2013

In his first race since July, BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd finished eighth on the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis Monday in Argentina.

Hushovd: 'I'm Back'
Hushovd said toward the end of the 164 kilometer stage, he put aside thoughts of last year when a virus and muscle inflammation caused him to miss several races and finally cut short his season before the Olympics. "I was thinking just for the situation and in my head I had to be up there and fight with the sprinters," he said. "It wasn't really the kind of sprint I like because we had a tailwind and it was on a false flat. But I'm back and not too far off." Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the bunch sprint after the day's breakaway was reeled in with eight kilometers to go. After receiving good help in the sprint from Daniel Oss and Manuel Quinziato, Hushovd said Tuesday's stage finish might suit him even better. "It's slightly downhill and I'll be able to use my power and not have to have so much speed, which I don't have yet," he said. "So I think it'll go better."

Leaders Well-Protected
Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team achieved its objective of protecting Mathias Frank and Tejay van Garderen, the team's two hopefuls for the general classification. "I almost didn't see our guys today except when I was feeding them from the car because they were always the third or fourth team in the front and always grouped together," Lelangue said. "So I'm really happy with this first race." Lelangue said Hushovd's top 10 result was especially critical to the position of the team car in the caravan for Tuesday's 171 km stage. "For tomorrow or the day after, it's important because it's pretty warm and we only have one car in the race," he said.