CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"For me the Giro is more sentimental, the Tour is more ‘get down to business’ and more serious and the Vuelta is probably the most enjoyable and relaxing for me. You’re a bit freer in the Vuelta and you don’t ha...

Photo: RCS Sport

ADAM HANSEN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

LOTTO SOUDAL

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

VUELTA A ESPAÑA

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS
20.08.2013 @ 17:39 Posted by Jesper Ralbjerg

Vuelta 2011, Giro 2012, Tour 2012, Vuelta 2012, Giro 2013, Tour 2013 and Vuelta 2013. If Lotto- Belisol rider Adam Hansen arrives in Madrid safe and sound that will be the impressive series he will have completed: 7 Grand Tours in a row.

 

n May he won a stage in the Giro when he finished solo in the pouring rain in Pescara. Why, one must wonder, does the Aussie like it so much to ride all three Grand Tours in one year? Was it his goal to ever ride three Grand Tours in one season or did circumstances lead him to this? The Australian rider explained the reasons for his incredible endurance tests.

 

“I think it was more of a challenge last year, as it was the first time. This year I’m a lot more relaxed going into the 3rd Grand Tour of the season. I’m very confident that I’ll do well and I’m really satisfied with my training and the rest period I’ve had so far. Last year I was a bit unsure about my form, this year I feel much better because I did take more rest. This season there’s an extra week between the Tour and the Vuelta which really helps me to recover. After the Tour I stayed a whole week off the bike. The following week I did some easy rides and the third week I did a two day programme, which I repeated several times. I began with a very short and extremely hard session of between two and three hours and the second day a long ride of between six and seven hours. The third day was a rest day. I feel I don’t need to train so much, because I’ve done so much racing.”

 

“I think it’s nice that if all goes well I will have completed seven Grand Tours in a row. It’s pretty incredible when you think about it and it does make me proud. I like to see how many I can do, I’m very happy Lotto-Belisol enables me to have this kind of race programme. You need a team that supports you and that’s what my team does. I like doing block racing, so that’s why I like riding the three Grand Tours. In the end you have less travel days and are more at home. I like to train very specifically and having longer rest periods gives me that opportunity. Other benefits are of course that you get free food, free rent, free laundry; you get taken care of (laughs). In that sense it’s very relaxing too.”

 

“When I completed the first Grand Tour I started thinking it would be nice to do them all in one year. I never said ‘okay this year I’m going to do it’, because you have to be selected by the team and have to be injury-free and have to finish them all. When the opportunity came last year after I had completed both the Giro and the Tour, I asked if I could do the Vuelta and some of the sports directors laughed at me, thought I was joking. But if I have the chance I’d like to continue to do this.”

 

“I would very much like to win a stage in the Vuelta. I’m definitely going to have a go for it, that’s for sure. Hopefully I’m in a breakaway that makes it to the finish, so I can have a chance. In any case my condition is really good. The Vuelta is getting harder every year, but I enjoy the hard racing so in that way it suits me well. But a Grand Tour is a Grand Tour and therefore they are tough. They are all three different and I like them all. For me the Giro is more sentimental, the Tour is more ‘get down to business’ and more serious and the Vuelta is probably the most enjoyable and relaxing for me. You’re a bit freer in the Vuelta and you don’t have so much pressure as in the Tour, in a sense you’re more yourself.”

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

3 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Tour Down Under champions to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT 22.01.2019 @ 09:40Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18One for the road 04.09.2018 @ 15:25Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10List of CyclingQuotes previews 13.10.2017 @ 13:20Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58Puncheur course for 2017 Arctic Race of Norway 04.01.2017 @ 13:55Ewan makes it itwo in row at Criterium Championships 04.01.2017 @ 13:53Track world champion wins Australian U23 criterium title 04.01.2017 @ 13:50Orica-Scott target numerous Australian titles 04.01.2017 @ 13:47

Currently no news in this list

www.AUTOdele24.Com
 

Jennifer WHALEN
34 years | today
José Luis NEGUERUELA COBO
34 years | today
Roy HEGREBERG
38 years | today
Amber PIERCE RAIS
38 years | today
Pedro Fernandez HERMIDA
43 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com