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.

Adam Hansen wins stage 19 of Vuelta a España 2014.
Adam Hansen Completes the 16th Consecutive Grand Tour. Photo: Adam Hansen wins stage 19 of Vuelta a España 2014. Lotto Belisol animated the nineteenth Vuelta stage, between Salvaterra do Miño and Cangas do Morrazo. Hansen jumped away at less than five kilometers from the finish and won.
  1. 2011 Vuelta a España: 129th
  2. 2012 Giro d’Italia: 94th
  3. 2012 Tour de France: 81st
  4. 2012 Vuelta a España: 129th
  5. 2013 Giro d’Italia: 72nd (winner of the stage 7)
  6. 2013 Tour de France: 72nd
  7. 2013 Vuelta a España: 60th
  8. 2014 Giro d’Italia: 73rd
  9. 2014 Tour de France: 64th
  10. 2014 Vuelta a España: 53rd (winner of the stage 19)
  11. 2015 Giro d’Italia: 77th
  12. 2015 Tour de France: 114th
  13. 2015 Vuelta a España: 55th
  14. 2016 Giro d’Italia: 68th
  15. 2016 Tour de France: 100th
  16. 2016 Vuelta a España: 114th


M. Özgür Nevres

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