The international peloton of professional riders consists of a few hundred cyclists that enjoy climbing over mountains and whizzing through picturesque villages. Many of the riders are well-known to the general public, but there are plenty of names that are still worth watching despite a lack of media attention. Adam Hansen is a good example: an excellent domestique with a penchant for helping his teammates out during Grand Tours.
What do you do if you don’t like training? You enter as many races as possible. At least, that’s Adam Hansen’s tactic. The guy appears to have an addiction to riding major tours; at the time of writing he is riding the Giro d’Italia, and if he reaches the finish line it will be the 20th consecutive Grand Tour (the Grand Tours are the Tour of Italy, the Tour de France, and the Tour of Spain) that he has completed. Phenomenal. He began in the Tour of Spain in 2011, and since then has been included in the Lotto Belisol/Lotto Soudal Grand Tour squad every single year.
Adam Hansen is not a big winner. He has won stages in the Giro and the Vuelta, but he is primarily brought in to help his teammates. He is a rouleur from the classic mould, who you can put on the front of the peloton and ask to ride hard all day in order to reel in the breakaway. That’s how he increases the chances of his leader André “The Gorilla” Greipel, who will be going for the sprint.
Hansen is a true team player. A rider you can count on to give his all on behalf of his team, and at the same time loves to rack up huge number of kilometres. In the last few years has regularly averaged over 14,000 race kilometres per year (that’s excluding training!). A seriously impressive tally.
Hansen has not been selected to ride the Tour de France this year, which will put an end to his record run. The chance that his record will ever be broken is very slim and hopefully his name will therefore be permanently written in the record books.