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Adam Hansen to miss first Grand Tour since 2011 after Vuelta a Espana omission

Adam Hansen takes beer from a fan
Joe Robinson
4 Aug 2017

After riding 18 consecutive Grand Tours, Lotto-Soudal leave Adam Hansen out of their Vuelta a Espana team

Adam Hansen has made a career out of riding the three Grand Tours. 

Riding 18 consecutively, Hansen had not missed a Giro d'Italia, Tour de France or Vuelta a Espana since 2011. Yet in a surprise move, his team, Lotto-Soudal, have announced that he will not ride this year's Vuelta. 

With the release of the team's long list for the Vuelta excluding the Australian, a surprise was caused as it was expected Hansen would be at the start line. 

Having suffered saddle sore at this year's Tour de France, Hansen had been in a race to get fit in time for the start of the Vuelta on 19th August. In a press-release addressing the injuries of various team members, Lotto-Soudal addressed Hansen's issue. 

'Adam Hansen suffered saddle sore in the last Tour week. The Aussie is taking some rest while the injury is healing.'

A staple of three week racing, Hansen's absence will certainly be felt. Hansen holds the record for the most Grand Tours ridden in a row, beating the original record of Marino Lejarreta at the 2015 Giro.

The most impressive part of this record is that the 36-year old has managed to complete each of these 18 tours. 

A fan favourite, Hansen has made a name for interacting with roadside fans, often indulging in a beer on Alp d'Huez. Additionally, a self-confessed tech geek, Hansen is much loved in the pro peloton, once even fixing the wi-fi on the FDJ team bus. 

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