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Hansen: Greipel's absence puts pressure on Lotto-Soudal at Tour Down Under

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Lotto's Adam Hansen will target stage wins at the Tour Down Under

Lotto's Adam Hansen will target stage wins at the Tour Down Under
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Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) wins stage 19 of the Vuelta a España

Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) wins stage 19 of the Vuelta a España
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Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) collapsed after winning stage 19 of the Vuelta a España

Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) collapsed after winning stage 19 of the Vuelta a España
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The absence of German sprinter and leader Andre Greipel at this year’s Tour Down Under has increased the pressure on the Lotto-Soudal riders in the six stage event, rather than taken it off them, according to his Australian teammate Adam Hansen.

The next generation

“They are all very good, very promising,” Hansen said, but then offering a cautious warning that potential alone does not guarantee a rider’s long term future. “You do see a lot of young riders come through and then die off.”