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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.