Esteban Chaves to support Simon Yates at Giro d'Italia
Apr 03 2019 03:54 am CET

Esteban Chaves to support Simon Yates at Giro d'Italia
Esteban Chaves to support Simon Yates at Giro d'Italia
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott has confirmed that Esteban Chaves will be at the upcoming Giro d'Italia to support leader Simon Yates. The Colombian will return to the race in which he won one stage in 2018 just before being hit by sickness.

Just after winning at the mythical Mount Etna stage of the last edition of the Italian grand tour, Chaves started feeling out of energy. The end of the race was also the end of the season for the Colombian, who was later diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus, sinus problems and allergy reactions.

The 29-year-old made his return at the 2019 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and has already started at the Ruta del Sol, Paris-Nice and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. The rider will be part of a roster that will aim to repeat the deed of 2018 but this time achieving the Pink jersey for Yates until the end.

"It will be special like always when I go back to Italy," said the rider. "I have a special relationship with Italy and last year in Rome was one of the toughest days on the bike for me. Last year's Giro, for me and for the team, had a lot of ups and downs, so to go back there for this race is special and exciting.

"We are a team who always give 100% to each other. We will do the same at the Giro and we are already doing that at the last races with this goal in mind. The expectations are the same as always - enjoy racing and being part of this team, attacking and being aggressive just like we were on the final stage of Catalunya."

Chaves has mixed feelings about his return to the road. "I was super excited to return to racing this year but also nervous and I can't lie, sometimes panicked," the Colombian explained. "What happened last year is something out of my control. When I was finally back training and racing, somewhere in my head I was worried that it can come back.

"Luckily, I have this team and people around me who support me 100% and we did everything in our control for my health. Now I feel much better than at the start. Before, everything was with a lot of question marks, but now I can see and I have experienced what is possible. Every day of racing we took a step forward. I'm on the good path to arrive at the best level I can without health problems."




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