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Monday's reconnaissance ride for Thor Hushovd traveled from Troisvilles through the Arenberg Forest, ending in Carrefour de l'Arbre. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)
Monday's reconnaissance ride for Thor Hushovd traveled from Troisvilles through the Arenberg Forest, ending in Carrefour de l'Arbre. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)

BMC Racing Team Tests Classics Equipment

27. February 2012

Roubaix, France

The BMC Racing Team's focus on being prepared for the cobblestoned classics – particularly Paris-Roubaix – continued Sunday and Monday with equipment testing and reconnaissance of the course.

Hushovd 'Happy And Confident'

Former world road champion Thor Hushovd rode a combined total of more than 200 kilometers the two days to become more familiar and comfortable with his BMC and its Easton wheels, Continental tires and other key components. "For me, it was to find out what I need and what we can make better for this race," Hushovd said. "I'm really happy and confident with the tires, the pressure the wheels and the bike for the cobblestones." Hushovd counts among his four top 10 finishes at Paris-Roubaix a runner-up in 2010 and third place in 2009.

Timing Was Ideal
"It was clearly a productive couple of days for Thor and the team," said BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz, who accompanied Hushovd on Sunday's session. "The selection of materials and the review of the course will both be a benefit to the team at this year's Paris-Roubaix." BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the timing of the testing was ideal. "It's good to do it now in good weather conditions because it was dry and it's February so we have a little bit of time to fix everything and be confident about the materials," he said. "It was also good to see the roads we will do in reconnaissance on the Thursday and Friday before Paris-Roubaix."