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by Shane Stokes
August 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Poels wins final stage of Tour of Poland, Teuns takes overall victory; Barbero sprints to victory on stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos; Wiebes and Gazzoli become junior European champions, Matthiessen completes U23 double; Hansen not selected for Vuelta a España, Grand Tour record streak ends at 18; Adam Hansen’s fear of flying; Gaviria and Richeze continue with Quick-Step Floors; Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team to help Van Avermaet; Jongewaard favourite for Australian men’s cyclocross title, women’s race wide open; Jones inks contract with Delko – Marseille Provence – KTM team; Video: Team Sunweb’s Chad Haga shows off piano skills; Video: Copenhagen shows way to safe cycling; Video: Brian Cookson at the Tour of Poland; Video: Katie Compton helps out with Trek phone support, with mixed results; Video: European championship competitor brought down by spectator
Adam Hansen is, in his own words, ‘not thrilled’ to learn that he will not be part of the Lotto-Soudal team for the Vuelta a España. Speaking to Ride, he revealed that he had been passed over for selection for what would have been a record-extending 19th consecutive Grand Tour participation.
“I am not thrilled with this decision and it’s hard for me to take,” he said. “It’s not the way I wanted it to end, but this is the team choice and it’s not in my control. I have to respect what they say.”
Hansen’s remarkable and unprecedented Grand Tour run began in the 2011 Vuelta a España and he has begun, and finished, every Grand Tour held since then. When he completed the 2015 Vuelta, he went one better than Bernardo Ruiz’s 57-year-old record of riding 12 consecutive Grand Tours. Since then he has continued to extend his run to 18 such races.
Hansen was affected by a bad saddle sore during the Tour and while he says that this has essentially been resolved, his Lotto-Soudal team said it was a key factor in the decision. “There are less than four weeks between the end of the Tour and the start of the Vuelta,” said the team’s sport manager Marc Sergeant. “After less than two weeks the injury is healing, but has not disappeared, so the staff fears the injury might play up again during the Vuelta.
“At the moment Adam hasn’t resumed training yet, so that means the preparation would be really short too. With the sporting goals in mind too, the staff decided not to select him. It’s true that Adam has set a fantastic record, but we knew that would come to an end sooner or later.”
Lotto-Soudal for Vuelta a España: Sander Armée, Bart De Clercq, Thomas De Gendt, Jens Debusschere, Tomasz Marczynski, Rémy Mertz, Maxime Monfort, Rafael Valls and Jelle Wallays.
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