With the conclusion of Vuelta a España 2016, Lotto-Soudal’s Australian rider Adam Hansen has extended the record of completing the most number of consecutive grand tours which already belong to him.
Hansen’s long run started with 2011 Vuelta a España, which he finished 129th. After completing 2015 Vuelta a España, his 13th grand tour in a row, he broke the Spanish cyclist Bernardo Ruiz’s (born January 8, 1925, in Orihuela) 57-year-old record for consecutive grand tours completed. Ruiz is also the winner of the 1948 Vuelta.
Hansen also won two stages: in 2013, Hansen broke away early in the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia, a stage featuring numerous short and steep climbs. Hansen shed his breakaway companions and won in solo fashion in Pescara in the pouring rain, more than a minute in advance of the chasing group. In stage 19 of 2014 Vuelta a España, Hansen attacked the peloton with 4 km to go and resisted the disorganized chase to win solo.
- 2011 Vuelta a España: 129th
- 2012 Giro d’Italia: 94th
- 2012 Tour de France: 81st
- 2012 Vuelta a España: 129th
- 2013 Giro d’Italia: 72nd (winner of the stage 7)
- 2013 Tour de France: 72nd
- 2013 Vuelta a España: 60th
- 2014 Giro d’Italia: 73rd
- 2014 Tour de France: 64th
- 2014 Vuelta a España: 53rd (winner of the stage 19)
- 2015 Giro d’Italia: 77th
- 2015 Tour de France: 114th
- 2015 Vuelta a España: 55th
- 2016 Giro d’Italia: 68th
- 2016 Tour de France: 100th
- 2016 Vuelta a España: 114th
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