Surely the 3 GT's deserves its own Adam Hansen thread? Not only is he closing in on his tenth consecutive Grand Tour, but he has continued remodelling his own hand-made shoes. He now has the weight down to 62 grams per shoe which he has achieved by dispensing with the cleat bolts and replacing them with kevlar ribbon. I have a lot of time for those that dance to their own drum while also managing to be thoroughly professional and aware of their place. Seriously, how many consecutive GT's can he ride?
Wow! I think the shoes are awful ... but you have to admire his perseverance with them. Oh ... and chapeau on the 10 consecutive GTs - thats no mean feet! (pun intended) _________________ OGGI CI DAREMO UNA BOTTA - F.COPPI
He lives in Czech and doesn't like the idea of hanging around with cyclists in Girona or Monaco, he is a computer programmer, insomniac, and likes a beer. He is a bloody good domestique and I would much prefer a pint with AH, cack shoes and all, than a pineapple juice with Rapha Ritchie and Chris
I didn't realise how strange his bike setup is - particularly his 180mm cranks. His reasoning behind it kind of makes sense though...
AH: I have a huge handlebar drop from seat height. I use 180mm cranks, ride 38cm handle bars and have my cleats pushed back as far as I can.
It sort of goes against what everyone says, and against what the team mechanics tell me. Cycling is a very cultured sport and has a huge history, which is very special; but some people are a bit stuck in their ways too. I love getting in to talks about crank length, and people will argue that mine are too long and that you spin slower. They think your leg speed drops - but in fact it’s faster as the rotation gets longer. At 100 RPM on 180mm cranks, compared to 100 RPM on 172.5mm cranks, the leg speed is faster on the 180mm cranks.
You have more leverage too. Tell someone to take a nut from a car wheel with a 10cm tool. Ask someone to do the same with a 100cm long tool; which is easier?
The point of cycling is to be efficient, save your power for the final. Now look at it in this sense; I’m 186cm tall. If another rider is 156cm tall and we both use the same crank lengths, who has longer cranks based on crank length ratio to leg length? This little guy is on huge cranks compared to me. I don’t understand how everybody thinks that riders should be using the same crank lengths.
Ok that’s just about the cranks, and I will stop here because I could go on for hours on cleat position, seat position over BB etc.
Happy I survived 2day. Which is a great sign. But I also learnt the next 3weeks will B the hardest Grand Tour of them all. #Going2Hell&Back
Adam Hansen @HansenAdam Jul 5
AC dislocation. Same shoulder as 3 weeks ago. Was told its going to be the most painful 3 weeks 4 me. I eat pain for breakfast. Bring it on! _________________ "I'm playing all the right notes. But not necessarily in the right order."
So, 16 GT's in a row racked up and onto 17 in the Giro. I enjoyed reading this little piece that reveals the anatomy of a breakaway win and the psychology involved. Apparently there is a bit more to it than cycling faster than the other lads...
Always nice to make it to Milan. It’s the last stage of the Grand Tour and I’m happy. We had a very up and down Grand Tour. Last year we won four stages and this year we won only one. It was good to have André in pink and have a stage win with him. Maxime Monfort also did well. We finished with five, so it shows how tough this Giro d’Italia was so it was good to finish it.
It wasn’t easy. They think I’ve got a hairline fracture in my palm, so it’s very painful. I always like to finish things that I’ve started, so I finished it.
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