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by Shane Stokes
January 20, 2018
Peter Sagan survives Norton Summit to take TDU stage 4 and overall lead; Lappartient wants Sky to impose provisional suspension on Froome; European Court dismisses claim anti-doping whereabouts system violates human rights; Hansen talks about abuse from riders due to his CPA delegate role; Video: Sagan helps race workers after winning stage; Video: Zak Dempster on pro power requirements; Video: Dempster on fluid requirements on ultra-hot days; Video: Fernando Gaviria’s message for fans
Adam Hansen is a rider representative with the professional riders association CPA, and consequently has a major part to play when the safety of weather conditions is debated with organisers and the UCI. It’s a vital role, but he stated on Twitter on Friday that it’s not always appreciated or respected by his pro colleagues.
“I had mixed reactions from the riders about the heat today. Yes, there were many riders who wanted to stop the race. But there were also other riders who wanted to race. Even one Spanish rider who I asked if it was too hot said, if it’s too hot for some people, tell them not to start their season at the TDU.
“But what I really didn’t appreciate after the last climb [was] a rider yelling at me saying everyone wanted to stop. Screaming at me and saying I am the only one who wants to race in this heat. You are wrong, the ones who complained wanted to stop. The quiet ones were ok to continue. Get your facts right, not everyone shared your same opinion.
“So listen. I have spent a lot of time with the CPA, doing work for you guys. I have paid all my expenses and spent a lot of money to try and help the riders. I have not taken a single euro from the CPA or from the riders’ money. Everything I have done is for free. I don’t need to waste my own personal time to do this for my benefit. Please be more considerate.”