Giro d'Italia - Esteban Chaves: Second is good but leaves you with this strange taste in your mouth
May 30 2019 03:44 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Esteban Chaves: Second is good but leaves you with this strange taste in your mouth
Giro d'Italia - Esteban Chaves: Second is good but leaves you with this strange taste in your mouth
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves took second place at the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Colombian tried to catch the winner of the day Nans Peters, but couldn't do it.

The 2019 edition of the Corsa Rosa also marked the return of Chaves to competition after having a difficult year in which he struggles with allergies, sinusitis and the Epstein Barr virus. At the 16th stage of the Italian grand tour, he was part of the breakaway of the day and launched an attack to try to catch Peters but was unsuccessful.

"Second is good but also leaves you with this strange taste in your mouth," said Chaves. "But anyway, we will continue to try until the end of the Giro. It’s beautiful but it’s a lot of suffering as well. I am not 100% in my best shape but I have to try and I believe in myself. I dropped in the second last climb but I just kept riding, kept believing, I’m got back in the group and I played my cards.

"The first objective for the stages to go is, of course, to keep Simon as high as possible on the general classification. And, Mikel (Nieve), (Lucas) Hamilton and I to look to go in breakaways, like we did today, to be there to drop back if Simon needs or try for the stage ourselves."




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