Thor Hushovd to make Tour of Britain debut

God of Thunder to race a week before World Championship defence

The Norwegian had a superb Tour de France, winning two stages and wearing yellow for eight

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Reigning road world champion Thor Hushovd will lead Garmin Cervelo’s line-up at this year’s Tour of Britain, just a week before he heads to Copenhagen to defend his world title.

The Norwegian, who has signed to BMC for 2012, will be making his debut at this year’s race. He’s joined in the provisional team by a trio of British riders – David Millar, Daniel Lloyd and Roger Hammond. Martijn Maaskant and Julian Dean complete the six-rider line-up.

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Re-launched in 2004 after a five year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain continues to attract some of cycling’s biggest names, and they don’t come much bigger than Hushovd. This year’s edition gets underway in Peebles, Scotland on 11 September and concludes with a time trial and circuit race in London a week later. Daily highlights will be screened every evening on ITV4.