Esteban Chaves set to start 2017 season in Australia
Nov 23 2016 08:25 pm CET

Esteban Chaves set to start 2017 season in Australia

Colombian Esteban Chaves will start his 2017 season with three races in Australia: The Tour Down Under, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

After his best season to date, in which he won Il Lombardia and finished on the podium at the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, Chaves is already getting ready to kick off his 2017 campaign in the home country of his team and expects the crowd to show great support.

"These races are super important for ORICA-BikeExchange," said the self-named 'Colombian Kangaroo'. We can only race in Australia for these three races each year so I am happy to be with them for this.

"The boys are super motivated to race near their homes and I am a little bit Australian now so I am happy for this too."

The rider said that he expects this to be the beginning of an outstanding season equaling, and maybe even improving on the last. "This year we set some big goals and we met and passed them many times, especially with the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana and Il Lombardia. Sometimes I don't believe all of this happened. Next year, we will start a little different in Australia but we will again set some big goals."

The races will take place between January and February and it will be the first time for the Colombian in Australia since 2013. "I am really excited to go back to Australia. I want to see every single fan that supports me, but I want to see them properly, so we chose to start the season in the Australian summer for this reason."

Chaves also mentioned that this time it will be a better experience for him, now that he speaks the language and feels at home in the country. "When I go to one new place I like to see how the local people live, what the local people eat, what the local people do, the culture and mentality. I am super excited to look at all these different things, understand Australians even more and learn why Australians are super nice persons with everyone."
Photo of Esteban Chaves by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas