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Giro d’Italia 2013 – Stage 7: San Salvo – Pescara, 177km. Adam Hansen Solo!

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Known as one of the strongmen of the peloton, today Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) shook off the company of his five breakaway companions one by one and battled hard in the pouring rain and on glacial road surfaces to take a fantastic solo win on the Giro d’Italia’s seventh stage, finishing over a minute clear of the small group led in by Italy’s Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole) and Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini).

The Aussie rider, a “big unit” in the World Tour and hugely respected as a team player and lead-out engine extraordinaire is nevertheless a softly-spoken, modest and shy man.

He had identified today’s route and distance as suiting a long break and figured such a move had the potential to stay away – not such a common occurrence these days – but despite the calculations and planning that he put into his ride today, he still looked at the same time astounded and delighted as he freewheeled over the line to take the biggest professional win of his career, and in his fifth appearance at the Giro.

Adam Hansen
Adam’s biggest win so far. PhotoGian Mattia D’Alberto

A pro since 2007, Adam is more comfortable away from the spotlight, working for the team and doing what he can to ensure wins for his colleagues. He’s no stranger to success himself, winning the Ster Elektrotoer 2.1 Stage Race in 2010 and the Australian Time Trial Championships two years before that, but Adam’s value to his team lies in the power and organisation he can bring to the sprint train – particularly in his beloved grand tours, not to mention that his off-beat sense of humour and imaginative Tweeting is good for team morale.

Adam Hansen
Adam drills it on the last climb, and the win ‘is on’. Photo©Ferrari.

Back in early 2010 when we spoke to Adam, he was looking forward to working with HTC-Columbia team-mate Andre Greipel more, and their friendship and working partnership has only become stronger since then, with Adam playing a large part in each of Andre’s three stage wins at the Tour de France last year; there’s no doubt his team will be absolutely chuffed for him today and will make sure he’s a little spoilt on his 32nd birthday tomorrow.

Adam Hansen
The stage started in sunshine. Photo©Ferrari

Adam got into the hard-won break which began around 29km into the race and took some strong riding by the six for over 30km to establish, before the peloton relaxed sufficiently and allowed the lead to stretch out to around seven minutes, but as the weather closed in and the hills took their toll Adam rode his fellow escapees off his wheel one by one, each of them eventually being caught by the chasers and spat out the front group.

Adam Hansen
Last two riding; Emanuele Sella and Adam Hansen. Photo©Ferrari
Adam Hansen
Cayetano Sarmiento Tunarrosa needs a hand. Photo©Ferrari

Meanwhile behind the steady and stable Australian, Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini) was very active in the finale once again – his team clearly able to see the sense in controlling the break’s lead with both Di Luca and Mauro Santambrogio in such great shape, but the greasy roads were proving a challenge to some of the best bike handlers and descenders in the game.

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Vini Fantini worked hard for Di Luca and Santambrogio today. Photo©Ferrari.

Last man in the break to cling onto Adam’s wheel until 20km to go, Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli) locked up his rear wheel and bounced off the kerb, upending himself and sending spectators and police marshals running, then crashed again a few k’s later, fellow breakaway rider Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) needed seven stitches later to a sliced elbow, master downhiller Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) simply lent over a little too far over on a left hand bend and thumped down on his hip, but had gained enough time on his group to quickly get back on his bike and back into his group, only losing a few places.

Adam Hansen
Just as Wiggins is thinking ‘this is a safe speed’ he sees Fran Ventoso crash in front of him. Photo©Ferrari

But it was the tumble that Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)  took with around five km to go which raised the commentators’ excitement level and woke the cat. Wiggins was up on his feet quickly but then rode the remainder of the descent in slow motion losing even more time to his main rivals, clearly unsettled – as anyone would be – but also unwilling to take any more risks, particularly with the time trial tomorrow and a chance to jump back up the General Classification a genuine possibility.

He’ll be towards the top of the TT finish sheet tomorrow, but it wouldn’t surprise us if today’s events have taken a little out of him and he’s not the stage victor.

Adam Hansen
Wiggins’ shorts bear the evidence – he’s been down. Photo©Ferrari.

The beauty of stage racing – no two days are the same, and in this Giro nothing is predictable.

Adam Hansen
“Una victoria piu bella”, and a day Adam will remember for the rest of his life. PhotoDaniele Bottallo

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Result - Giro d'Italia 2013 - Stage 7: San Salvo - Pescara, 177km

Stage Result

1 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 4:35:49
2 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:01:07
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
4 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
5 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
7 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
8 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
9 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
11 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha
12 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
13 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale
14 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
15 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
16 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
17 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
18 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
19 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
20 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
21 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
23 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
24 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard
25 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team
26 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
27 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
28 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida
29 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:27
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:49
31 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
32 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
33 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha
34 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:52
35 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:02:31
36 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
37 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
38 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge
39 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia
40 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
41 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol
42 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
43 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard
44 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard
45 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha
46 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia
47 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
48 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia
49 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia
50 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
51 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
52 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ
53 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
54 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
55 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
56 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
57 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:40
58 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:43
59 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia 0:02:54
60 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:58
61 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
62 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team 0:03:14
63 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:38
64 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
65 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 0:03:41
66 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:03:44
67 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
68 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:04:29
69 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
70 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
71 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:04:51
72 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
73 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
74 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
75 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha
76 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
77 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
78 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
79 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:06:01
80 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
81 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
82 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
83 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp
84 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 0:06:54
85 Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi
86 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
87 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
88 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
89 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp
90 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
91 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team
92 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling
93 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
94 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
95 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:18
96 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:08:39
97 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:09:11
98 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:09:25
99 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:07
100 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
101 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
102 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
103 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi
104 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
105 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
106 Ben Gastaue