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Adam Hansen

21 Sep 2014 20:11

How does he manage to do 3 GTs in a year every year?

He also gets some good placings and has bagged stage wins in the last two years.
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21 Sep 2014 20:39

there was an interview a while ago where he mentioned that he prefers grand tours because it allows him to spend more time at home with his family as he does not have to travel around the world all year but is allowed to take longer breaks in between.
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21 Sep 2014 20:44

I
recall he said he found them "relaxing" .... it was an interesting read for sure!
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21 Sep 2014 21:02

Yes I follow the guy a lot - I'm just surprised that no other rider is doing it. He's also incredibly strong throughout all 3 tours. I'd imagine he will be doing the same again next year.
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21 Sep 2014 21:20

Outside of the 3 GTs he doesn't really race that much, generally Nats then TDU for himself, followed by P-N or Turkey, Giro, Romandie, TDF and Vuelta with an extra HC or .1 race for good measure. With Lotto being Belgian it gives him this freedom since they are usually so focused on the classics.
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21 Sep 2014 21:33

42x16ss wrote:Outside of the 3 GTs he doesn't really race that much, generally Nats then TDU for himself, followed by P-N or Turkey, Giro, Romandie, TDF and Vuelta with an extra HC or .1 race for good measure. With Lotto being Belgian it gives him this freedom since they are usually so focused on the classics.


Yes, I was thinking its perhaps shows that Lotto don't have the depth in their squad to field fresher riders, then again Hansen does such a good job in the tours. I think he is pretty happy at Lotto.
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21 Sep 2014 23:16

Adam has always had a huge diesel and the ability to recover. He can go all day and is super smart about how he uses his energy, few top end efforts.

He also likes to have some fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zserELNMph0
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22 Sep 2014 01:12

Race Radio wrote:Adam has always had a huge diesel and the ability to recover. He can go all day and is super smart about how he uses his energy, few top end efforts.

He also likes to have some fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zserELNMph0


smart for sure ... only one rider of his size that I know of that is riding 180mm cranks and is very aero and very efficient. And he makes his own shoes! :D

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/pro-bike-adam-hansens-ridley-helium-sl
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22 Sep 2014 01:25

Jancouver wrote:smart for sure ... only one rider of his size that I know of that is riding 180mm cranks and is very aero and very efficient. And he makes his own shoes! :D

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/pro-bike-adam-hansens-ridley-helium-sl


I don't think he is riding 180's anymore. If you want to survive 3 GT's in a year you need to have knees that work :)
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22 Sep 2014 01:44

Race Radio wrote:I don't think he is riding 180's anymore. If you want to survive 3 GT's in a year you need to have knees that work :)


I think he changes his cleat position on his shoes and also has narrower handlebars.
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22 Sep 2014 02:23

Jancouver wrote:smart for sure ... only one rider of his size that I know of that is riding 180mm cranks and is very aero and very efficient. And he makes his own shoes! :D

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/pro-bike-adam-hansens-ridley-helium-sl

He needs to, apparently his feet are a very unusual shape. Hansen is a very smart guy - speaks several languages, has a couple of computer science degrees and owns a few small technology companies. From all appearances he's one of the guys who's in it purely for the love of cycling.
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22 Sep 2014 02:46

MellowJohnny wrote:I think he changes his cleat position on his shoes and also has narrower handlebars.


Cleat position with large feet is a pain. Hard to get the cleat far enough back. Adam was smart to make his own shoes.....but narrow bars are only for the Pro's
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22 Sep 2014 03:02

Race Radio wrote:Cleat position with large feet is a pain. Hard to get the cleat far enough back. Adam was smart to make his own shoes.....but narrow bars are only for the Pro's


One thing I never understood is why Sidi and other major cycling shoe manufacturers are drilling the cleat holes so far forward, especially for anybody with larger feet.

... Bont shoes are pre-drilled almost OK for my needs but too stiff for longer rides so I use them just for crits
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22 Sep 2014 03:27

Rossco8 wrote:I
recall he said he found them "relaxing" .... it was an interesting read for sure!


lol

i think he just enjoys the scenery of the GTs

and also a regular at tour of turkey which is also quite scenic
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22 Sep 2014 03:31

Jancouver wrote:One thing I never understood is why Sidi and other major cycling shoe manufacturers are drilling the cleat holes so far forward, especially for anybody with larger feet.

... Bont shoes are pre-drilled almost OK for my needs but too stiff for longer rides so I use them just for crits

Yup, it is silly. Tyler Hamilton "Won" the Olympic TT with special Midfoot cleats. Makes so much sense.

Even for the average rider it makes sense. If you have long feet and short legs you are screwed
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22 Sep 2014 03:40

I thought the reason for making his own shoes had to do with how his feet fused when he was young. This means he has a slightly protruding bone that rubs against the shoe causing discomfort.
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22 Sep 2014 03:44

Steve Hogg used to have a column on this site years ago that talked a lot about midfoot cleats. Claimed they made a lot of sense for many riders. I've used Sidis for more than 10 years and find them a really nice shoe, although I do shove the cleat back as far as it can go - I always have. Wouldn't mind being able to get an extra 5mm or so, like with SPD MTB shoes.
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22 Sep 2014 21:14

Rossco8 wrote:I
recall he said he found them "relaxing" .... it was an interesting read for sure!


I thought that was Jens Voigt.
Maybe it's a new pro-rider trend; finding GT's "relaxing".

42x16ss wrote:He needs to, apparently his feet are a very unusual shape. Hansen is a very smart guy - speaks several languages, has a couple of computer science degrees and owns a few small technology companies. From all appearances he's one of the guys who's in it purely for the love of cycling.


Don't most of these guys?
Though I do know about one language he - quite obviously - doesn't speak: Danish. Last year during the TdF he called it "Alien talk". Bit tall coming from someone living in the Czech Republic. :rolleyes:
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22 Sep 2014 21:35

Yes, most pros do but for a white, Anglo Australian it's quite rare to speak anything other than English - even amongst some pros.

Hansen speaks Czech, Italian, Flemish, French and German quite fluently.
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42x16ss wrote:Yes, most pros do but for a white, Anglo Australian it's quite rare to speak anything other than English - even amongst some pros.

Hansen speaks Czech, Italian, Flemish, French and German quite fluently.


Correct, and little bit of English too :D
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