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Adam Hansen (born 11 May 1981) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal.[1]

Adam Hansen
Adam Hansen.jpg
Hansen at the 2009 Tour Down Under.
Personal information
Full nameAdam Hansen
NicknameCroc Man, Lumpy
Born (1981-05-11) 11 May 1981 (age 38)
Southport, Queensland, Australia
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
Team information
Current teamLotto–Soudal
DisciplineRoad and mountain biking
RoleRider
Rider typeBreakaway specialist
Amateur team(s)
2003Arboe Mérida
2004Corratec Austria
2005ELK Haus
2006Aposport Krone Linz
Professional team(s)
2007–2010T-Mobile Team
2011–Omega Pharma–Lotto
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2014)

Stage races

Ster Elektrotoer (2010)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2008)

Contents

CareerEdit

Hansen was born in Southport, Queensland, and turned professional in 2007, working with Dr. Lothar Heinrich of the University of Freiburg.[2] 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.[3] It was after Stage 12 of the Giro that he discovered he had broken his sternum approximately two weeks previous, however since it was healing; he continued racing.[4] While he had free rein at the Giro, for the Tour he had work for André Greipel (to win sprints) and Jurgen Van den Broeck (to achieve a good General Classification position).[4]

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.[5] In stage 19 of the 2014 Vuelta a España, Hansen attacked the peloton with 4 km to go and resisted the disorganized chase to win solo.[6] In completing the 2015 Vuelta a España, his thirteenth grand tour in a row, he broke Bernardo Ruiz's 57-year-old record for consecutive grand tours completed.[7] By completing the 2018 Giro d'Italia, he became the first rider to complete 20 consecutive Grand Tours.[8][9]

As an engineer Hansen has designed his own shoes and ridden with them on numerous occasions. He has also written software for his current team, Lotto–Soudal, which manages the team's logistics.[10]

He lives in Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Czech Republic, and has since 2005.[11]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2004
1st Overall Crocodile Trophy
1st Burgenland Rundfahrt
1st Grosser Preis um den Deutschlandsberg
2005
1st Overall Crocodile Trophy
1st Wien-Lassnitzhöhe
2006
1st Grand Prix Bradlo
1st Lavanttaler Radsporttage
2nd Salzkammergut Giro
2nd Giro del Mendrisiotto
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2007
6th Le Samyn
2008
National Road Championships
1st   Time Trial
2nd Road race
2nd Hel van het Mergelland
2009
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
2010
1st   Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stage 4
2012
4th Road race, National Road Championships
2013
1st Stage 7 Giro d'Italia
2014
1st Stage 19 Vuelta a España
9th Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Mountains classification
9th Overall Tour of Turkey
2015
9th Overall Tour of Turkey
2016
5th Overall Tour of Turkey

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia DNF 108 DNF 94 72 73 77 68 93 60 IP
  Tour de France 108 DNF 81 72 64 114 100 113
  Vuelta a España 89 94 129 123 60 53 55 110 95
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lotto-Soudal". Directvelo (in French). Association Le Peloton. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Adam Hansen, T-Mobile's "techno geek"". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Hansen to keep racing after completing all three Grand Tours this season". velonation.com. 10 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Birnie, L. (2012). The Grand Slam. In E. Bacon & L. Birnie (Eds.), The Cycling Anthology Volume One (pp. 148-161). London: Yellow Jersey Press.
  5. ^ "Giro d'Italia stage 7: Adam Hansen wins into Pescara". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Hansen slips away to win in Cangas do Morrazo". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Vuelta a Espana: Hansen attains his Grand Tour record in Madrid". Cyclingnews.com. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Aussie cyclist has an incredible streak going that we may never see again". Business Insider. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  9. ^ Robertshaw, Henry (10 August 2017). "Adam Hansen thanks fans for inspiring him to take on 19th consecutive Grand Tour at Vuelta a España". cyclingweekly.com. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Adam Hansen: New target for Grand Tour record | CyclingTips". cyclingtips.com.au. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  11. ^ http://sport.idnes.cz/cyklista-hansen-delnik-tour-se-usadil-v-beskydech-f7a-/cyklistika.aspx?c=A080923_221746_sporty_ald

External linksEdit

  Media related to Adam Hansen at Wikimedia Commons