Esteban Chaves: I can't believe I won Il Lombardia
Oct 02 2016 12:57 am CET

Esteban Chaves: I can't believe I won Il Lombardia

Colombian Esteban Chaves says that he cannot believe that he won the Giro di Lombardia.

The Orica-BikeExchange rider finished just ahead of Diego Rosa and compatriot Rigoberto Uran, becoming the first non-European to win the Italian monument. In addition, he did so in his former place of residence.

"It was a dream for me to win Il Lombardia," Chaves said after his victory. "I can't believe I've won this race. This is a monument.

"When I turned professional, I settled down here in Bergamo. I knew the roads but I wasn't sure if I could win today. In the final, I tried to make a difference on the cobbles but Rigoberto (Uran) followed so I had to stay calm and go for the sprint, which is not my forte but I gave everything and I'm so happy that I made it.

"Today was a really amazing result for me and I can say that dreams come true, but this is not accidental; this is because all of the team worked for this result.

"This team is truly special because they work with the heart and when you work with the heart you can achieve these results. So it is thanks to Orica-BikeExchange for believing in me," the South American concluded.

The victory puts a crown on Chaves' successful 2016 season in which he had already finished second in the Giro d'Italia (winning one stage in the process) and third at the Vuelta a España.
Photo of Esteban Chaves (cropped) by Orica-BikeExchange





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