Esteban Chaves happy with second place at Tour Down Under
Jan 22 2017 06:41 pm CET

Esteban Chaves happy with second place at Tour Down Under

Colombian cyclist Esteban Chaves of Orica-Scott is pleased with his second place in the Tour Down Under and believes that it is a great way to kick off the season.

Chaves finished the first WorldTour race of the season at 48 seconds from winner Richie Porte and three seconds ahead of Jay McCarthy and Nathan Haas.

"We are really really happy, not just me but all the team. We won four stages, the (People's Choice) criterium and second in overall so this is a beautiful form for starting the season," Chaves said.

"Richie started very well here. He showed a really good performance and on the two climbs he had no contenders.

"We came here for the summer because the other seasons, for me, start super hard in the beginning, in March or April when it's cold, and it's not really good. So we tried something different, we started early, so we will see. It's one experiment."

The Colombian, who finished on the podium in both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España in 2016, is considered a major contender for stage races in the current season.
Photo of Esteban Chaves by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas





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