Starting with the Vuelta a España in 2011, Lotto Belisol’s Adam Hansen has ridden 10 consecutive Grand Tours, winning 2 stages in the process (Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia 2014 and stage 19 of the Vuelta a España 2014), and finishing all of them. Tonight he will ride the final time trial of the Vuelta a España with a special disk wheel to mark his record-equaling 10th consecutive Grand Tour finish.
Only two other riders have completed 10 consecutive Grand Tours in history: Bernardo Ruiz did it between 1955 and 1957 and Marino Lejarreta completed his between 1989 and 1991.
In 2012, Hansen became the second Australian to complete all three Grand Tours – the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España – in a calendar year. He was the only rider to accomplish that feat in 2012, and the 32nd in cycling history. He is the first Australian to have achieved this feat. 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 pouring rain, more than a minute in advance of the chasing group.
In stage 19 of the 2014 Vuelta a España, Hansen attacked the peloton with 4 km to go and resisted to the disorganized chase to win solo.
Hansen likes to rib his teammates by posting funny pictures of them on his Twitter account. He is affable, intelligent and well liked among the peloton. As an engineer (he was working as a software developer before becomeing a pro cyclist) Hansen has designed his own shoes and ridden with them on numerous occasions.
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