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Adam Hansen responds to critics of extreme weather protocol at Tour Down Under

Adam Hansen takes beer from a fan
Joe Robinson
19 Jan 2018

As the temperatures sore at the Tour Down Under, Adam Hansen comes under fire for not doing more

Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) has come under fire from some fellow pro riders at this week's Tour Down Under for allegedly not doing more to protect the peloton in the extreme heat.

In a Twitter post, the Australian revealed that he had been subject to abuse by an unnamed rider on Stage 4.

Hansen stated that towards the finish of the stage a rider was 'yelling at me saying everyone wanted to stop' before the rider claimed that Hansen was 'the only one who wants to race in this heat.'

Temperatures at the Tour Down Under have soared this week, with the heat peaking in excess of 40 degrees. Both Stages 3 and 4 were shortened in coherence with the UCI Extreme Weather Protocol, with Stage 4 even starting an hour earlier.

As a member of the Cyclistes Professionnels Associes, Hansen represented the peloton earlier in the week to consult on the shortening of Stages 3 and 4.

The 36-year-old responded with a message on social media, to express his disappointment with the unnamed rider while also underlining that his role in the CPA was unpaid and conducted in the rider's own time.

Hansen wrote, 'I have spent a lot of time with the CPA, doing work for you guys. I have paid all my expenses and spent a lot of money to try and help the riders.

'Everything I have done is for free. I don't need to waste my own personal time to do this for my benefit. Please be more considerate.'

The heat has clearly affected some riders more than others. On Stage 4's lumpy finish into Uraidla, one of the pre-race favourites Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) lost 54 seconds, all but ending his chances of overall victory. 

This contrasts with the exploits of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who took the stage victory. Many were doubtful that he would be able to keep the pace on the day's final climb.

Yet aggressive riding and expert tactics saw Sagan lead the main bunch into the finish before outsprinting Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) to take the overall lead.

The Queen Stage to Willunga Hill is likely to be decisive in the overall standings of the Tour Down Under. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has won the previous four finishes on top of the climb.