Lotto Soudal rider Adam Hansen has confirmed that he will take a break from Grand Tours by skipping this year’s Tour de France.
The Australian started his 20th consecutive Ground Tour at the kick off of the Giro d’Italia in Jerusalem last Friday, while on Saturday he completed his 400th Grand Tour stage.
Hansen holds the record for Grand Tour finishes and has built his career around the big races, so skipping the Tour de France is a major change in his programme.
"l'll do this Giro but then I want to change things around and go for some more results for myself. I'm going to take a break and then freshen up, hopefully, over the summer. I want to see how doing that will affect my season,” Hansen told Cyclingnews.
The 36-year-old aims to return to racing at the Tour de Pologne in August, then "come back for the Vuelta and be on the look-out for some stage wins". His last victory came at the 2014 Vuelta a España.