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De Gendt wins at Romandie, Bronzini in Chongming: Daily News Digest
Adam Hansen’s remarkable Grand Tour consecutive participation record will continue for at least one more event, with the Australian being named to Lotto-Soudal’s Giro lineup on Thursday.
“Adam Hansen, who turns 37 during the Giro, has had a good preparation on his twentieth consecutive Grand Tour,” said sports director Bart Leysen. “In the beginning of the season he didn’t perform as we had expected, but the past weeks he got himself ready for the Giro. Many eyes will be on him. I definitely see opportunities for him to attack, such as the first two stages on Sicily, but he will also play an important role in support of Jens Debusschere in the sprint stages.”
Hansen started his remarkable run in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, and picked up stage wins along the way in that event and also the Giro d’Italia. He has suggested that this, his 20th consecutive Grand Tour, might be the last in his record-breaking sequence.
The team has confirmed the talented Belgian Tim Wellens will line out, as will Lars Bak, Sander Armée, Victor Campenaerts, Frederik Frison and Tosh Van der Sande.
“Tim Wellens is very motivated to go to the Giro,” says Leysen. “He really wants to win another stage. There are many chances for him, because a lot of stages are suited for a break