The Australian rider Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) finished the Vuelta a Espana in Madrid on Sunday in 55th position. In doing so, he achieved a record-breaking 13 consecutive Grand Tours completed.
This video produced by Tacx follows Hansen over the past four months as he set about competing in and finishing the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta.
“Basically, I think from a cyclist point of view, the world just stops and the only thing on your mind is a bike race,” Hansen says. “For me personally, the Grand Tours are very easy. You just have one thing to do and that is focus on racing. Life can’t be so difficult.”
Hansen is a rider who really seems to enjoy these three week races. Before the Giro, he said: “I do not get nervous for these Grand Tours but I do get very excited to race. For me, I’ve been dying to do this race for the last four weeks and I’m just so happy that it’s finally starting.”
“These Grand Tours are the biggest and hardest races there are. You know, you start with nine guys and you don’t really finish with nine. You lose a few along the way… sick, crashes. You try to stick together to get to the finish.”