Adam Hansen defends rider protest at Giro d'Italia

Adam Hansen
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Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) has defended the riders' decision to protest ahead of stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia. In a statement on social media, the Australian said the 258km stage was deemed "unnecessary" by riders, in light of multiple early starts, the poor weather conditions, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Confusion reigned in Morbegno on Friday morning as the peloton huddled under a canopy long after the stage had been due to start. A vote had been held between teams in the build-up to the stage and another straw poll was taken at the start. 

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