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by Shane Stokes
August 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief
Having learned last week that he will part of Lotto-Soudal’s lineup for the Vuelta a España after all, and thus get to ride a record-extending 19th Grand Tour, Adam Hansen has thanked his fans for their support.
The Australian was initially left dissatisfied when his team stated last week that it wouldn’t select him. It cited a saddle sore he picked up during the Tour de France and which had affected his training, saying that it believed he would not be sufficiently ready in time for the Spanish event.
However on Monday the team said that Rafel Valls was out of the squad due to a fractured hip and that it had decided to take Hansen in his place.
“The Australian had initially not been selected, but this late change will allow him to go on with his record-breaking run of Grand Tour participations,” said the team. “The sports directors and medical staff hope that his saddle sore will be sufficiently healed, but there is no doubt that Hansen will start his nineteenth Grand Tour in a row with determination.”
Responding to that, Hansen has now issued an open letter to his fans, saying that he greatly appreciated their support. Interestingly, he said that others had also expressed similar sentiments, including the team’s own sport directors and staff plus fellow professionals.
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