Riders voice support for Hushovd over Vuelta exclusion

Thor Hushovd on podium, Tour de France 2011, stage three

When Thor Hushovd was left out of the Garmin-Cervélo squad for the Vuelta a Espana, the controversy was obvious - a defending world champion denied the chance to ride the prime preparation race for his title defence.

Hushovd's omission was met with a strong reaction from riders on Twitter, with messages of support for Hushovd and criticism of Garmin being expressed by a number of riders and ex-pros, including Cancellara, O'Grady and Lance Armstrong.

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