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ZEELAND, The Netherlands (CT) – Adam Hansen’s journey towards completing a record-equalling 12 straight Grand Tours has been dealt a blow after the Lotto Soudal rider crashed with 56km remaining in stage 2 of the Tour de France.
A visibly shaken Hansen said after the stage that he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“The bunch went from the right to the left side of the road; I was on the left and I had nowhere to go,” Hansen said. “We all crashed on the left in the grass.”
Hansen looked to be in considerable pain as he stood up, flexing his right knee and grasping his right shoulder. Hansen injured the same shoulder in a crash on stage 1 of the Ster ZLM Toer in mid-June; an injury that saw him abandon the race.
Hansen was able to continue after his crash on today’s stage, getting back on his bike and eventually crossing the finish in last place, 11:06 behind stage winner and teammate Andre Greipel.
Lotto Soudal general manager Marc Sergeant told CyclingTips that Hansen will head to Belgium tonight for a check-up.
“He doesn’t look very good but we are going to take some scans in Antwerp,” Sergeant said. “We had the physiotherapist [in] and he says there is nothing broken but the muscles around it are quite torn. So we need a scan to see how it is.”
Sergeant told CyclingTips that an obstacle in the middle of the road might have led to the the crash.
“The first part of the group saw it, then somebody hit it, then there was a crash of about 10-15 guys,” Sergeant said.
According to the Lotto Soudal general manager it’s unclear yet whether Hansen’s injury will be severe enough to see the 34-year-old miss the start of tomorrow’s 160km stage.
“Tomorrow morning we will see how it is, but how he reacts on the bike is a different thing,” Sergeant said. “It’s a short stage — that can be a disadvantage — but if he can stay in the bunch it’s OK. We will see tomorrow.”
Update: In a tweet issued a short while ago, Hansen explained the injury he suffered and confirmed he planned to continue in the race.
AC dislocation. Same shoulder as 3 weeks ago. Was told its going to be the most painful 3 weeks 4 me. I eat pain for breakfast. Bring it on!
— Adam Hansen (@HansenAdam) July 5, 2015