Heinrich Haussler and Thor Hushovd, both Team Cervelo captains, are not looking to copy the tension-filled season by Armstrong and Contador in Astana last year. These two have dispeled any notions of any in-fighting going on, and they have stated that they prefer a more peaceable and cooperative approach to their existence on the team.
Their success on the circuits seem to depend on it. The 2009 season saw both riders showing their dominance in the spring classics. They moved on to the Tour de France, where Hushovd earned a stage victory and also managed to hold off Mark Cavendish for the chance to wear the green jersey for the second time, while Haussler grabbed a stage win for himself.
Team Cervelo’s coming-out party last year was an impressive sight with 25 wins, and the pair of Hushovd and Haussler was responsible for getting half of that haul with 13 victories in between them. Apparently, the two team captains have gotten the picture that their individual successes in the 2009 season were by-products of them cooperating with each other, instead of fighting.
Hushovd agrees with this assesment. “There’s no problem between us. We want to win the big races as a team,” he says while taking a break during training camp. His Cervelo teammate Haussler also agrees that the 2010 season will be better for them and the team if they work together. “We have the best chance to win the classics with Thor, me, Klier,” he says. “We’re better and stronger this year because we know each other better.”
Haussler debuted his 2010 season at the Tour of Qatar, while Hushovd will be competing in his first race of the season at the Volta ao Algarve next week in Portugal. Both riders are looking forward to getting some wins in the spring classics this year, with Haussler setting his sights particularly on Milan-San Remo, and Hushovd looking for a win at Roubaix.