• Adam Hansen driving the break during the 2017 Tour de France. (Getty)Source: Getty
Like many cycling fans, I'm firmly in the Adam Hansen camp but after riding 18 consecutive Grand Tours (soon to be 19) I reckon it's time for everyone's favourite hard man to press pause.
Cycling Central
11 Aug 2017 - 10:30 AM  UPDATED 11 Aug 2017 - 11:51 AM

By now you're all well acquainted with the Hansen story. He's completed 18 Grand Tours in a row, putting some distance between him and Marino Lejarreta, who once held the record at 10.

He's the energiser bunny of professional cycling and just keeps going and going and going.

It really has been an incredible sporting streak and one that we are unlikely to see matched when he eventually leaves the sport with a personal legacy to rival riders who have won Grand Tours.

Hansen's streak appeared to come to an end when he was left off Lotto Soudal's squad for the 2017 Vuelta a España, in part because he was suffering from a bad saddle sore and the team deciding to consider other options.

All good things do come to an end at some point and I was relieved for him when Lotto Soudal left him off the Vuelta roster.

But when team-mate Rafael Valls crashed in training the streak was back on. Hansen will be in Neims, France on 19 August for another Grand Tour. 

Hansen gets a Vuelta reprieve at Valls expense
Australian Adam Hansen's Grand Tour streak remains alive but comes after misfortune struck Lotto Soudal team-mate Rafael Valls.

After the reprieve, Hansen thanked his fans for keeping the faith and their supportive comments.

"I always wondered why, when I sign on at the start of every stage, that they always talk about my consecutive Tours and not that I have won stages at the Giro [d'Italia] and Vuelta," he said in a note published to Twitter.

"But after reading what you have all been saying it really shows that in cycling it more than who is first across the line. 

"Sure, there are 21 winners every Grand Tour but you fans have shown me that there is only one guy that turns up every single time regardless, year after year, and made me feel it's something special and unique."

And after a restful off-season, he will in all likelihood line up at the 2018 Giro for number 20. 

"A Grand Tour is the hardest sporting event in the world where riders battle on for three weeks, day after day, riding an unbelievable amount of kilometres, super high mountain,s in the cold, rain, snow or hail," he wrote.

"We battle through it even with broken bones because all of us have the special passion to finish what we started. It's four weeks on the road away from family and friends. It's not easy.

"Doing one a year is a hard task, doing two is not normal and doing three a year is something only less than two handfuls have ever completed. I've done 18 in a row, now starting 19."

But should he go past 19? I reckon no.

Hansen has nothing left to prove. he's the toughest of the tough and while he is able and willing it may be better if he did pivot to that guy who has won stages at two Grand Tours rather than one who grinds away finishing for finishing's sake.

I don't think he can serve two masters. I'd prefer to see him rested and focussed for breakaways on the long hard stages and I'd like to see him add a Tour de France victory to those at the Giro and Vuelta. The icing on the cake of his already astonishing feats. You?


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