Thor Hushovd to skip Tour de France

will not compete at the the Tour de and instead will ride the as he recovers from a viral infection that slowed him earlier this season, the BMC Team announced Monday.

Program Adjusted
Hushovd has not raced since withdrawing from the Giro d’Italia after the fifth stage on May 10. BMC Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said the former world road champion is in good health, but is not adequately prepared for the rigors of a . “We did perform some tests at the Mapei Sport Center after the Giro and found that he had signs of a viral infection from earlier in the year,” Testa said. “But everything now is normal.” The decision for Hushovd to skip the Tour de was not an easy one, BMC Team Directeur Sportif said. “We obviously would have liked to have had him on our Tour de team,” Lelangue said. “But after evaluating everything, we think this program will better help him meet his own goals.

Hushovd agreed, saying he will use the time between now and the start of the to prepare himself for some of the most important races on his program. “I needed more time to recover and it’s always been a goal of mine to do well at the ,” Hushovd said. “I also hope to be a part of the BMC Team’s squad at the s and to compete in the road race as well. So there are still a lot of goals left to prove to myself this year.” Hushovd said the change to his program means he will also not compete in the Norwegian national road championships at the end of this month. Hushovd said the change to his program means he will also not compete in the Norwegian national road championships at the end of this month.

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