VALDOBBIADENE, IT (VN) – Adam Hansen rode his first grand tour at the 2007 Giro d’Italia. Fittingly enough, 28 grand tours and 17 years later, the 2020 Giro d’Italia will also be the Australian’s last three-week race.
Hansen, 39, will be calling time on a career dominated by long spells with Team HTC Colombia and his current team, Lotto-Soudal, at the end of this season. That’s not to say he’s moving away from the bike altogether, as the ever-restless veteran will be turning his energies to life as an Ironman triathlete in 2021.
“Going into Ironman was always in the back of my mind, and as I’m getting older I thought I should do it sooner rather than later,” Hansen told VeloNews ahead of the Giro’s second time trial Saturday. “But also with cycling, with race organizers, teams, the UCI, it’s a bit of a mess with the politics, I’m kind of done with it now.”
As one of the most forward-thinking and inquisitive riders in the peloton, it felt inevitable that Hansen would launch into a whole new project when he stepped away from the WorldTour. Having made his Ironman debut at Florida last year, finishing in 9:05, next year will be his first as a full-time triathlete.
Hansen’s side projects include designing electronic lacing systems for shoes, 3D printing surgical face masks, and constantly tweaking his bike position. Thus, the independence and ability to innovate within the triathlon scene was a key selling point for Hansen when he decided to switch […]