Record run ends for Adam Hansen as Lotto-Soudal announces La Vuelta line-up
Aug 04 2017 02:27 pm CET

Record run ends for Adam Hansen as Lotto-Soudal announces La Vuelta line-up

Belgian team Lotto-Soudal has unveiled its line-up for the 2017 Vuelta a España. The biggest novelty may be the absense of Adam Hansen.

The Australian took part in all of the last 18 grand tours, starting with the 2011 edition of the Vuelta. This record run is now set to come to an end.

"Adam was suffering from saddle sore at the Tour," explained sports manager Marc Sergeant. "There are less than four weeks between the end of the Tour and the start of the Vuelta. After less than two weeks the injury is healing, but has not disappeared, so the staff fears the injury might play up again during the Vuelta.

"At the moment Adam hasn’t resumed training yet, so that means the preparation would be really short too. With the sporting goals in mind too, the staff decided not to select him. It’s true that Adam has set a fantastic record, but we knew that would come to an end sooner or later."

Spaniard Rafael Valls will lead the team for the overall classification and Belgian Thomas De Gendt is set to look for opportunities in breakaways.

The full line-up:

Sander Armee
Bart De Clercq
Thomas De Gendt
Jens Debusschere
Tomasz Marczynski
Remy Mertz
Maxime Monfort
Rafael Valls
Jelle Wallays
Photo of Adam Hansen by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas



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