Esteban Chaves thinks of season restart but without a set calendar for now
Jun 15 2020 04:03 am CET

Esteban Chaves thinks of season restart but without a set calendar for now
Esteban Chaves thinks of season restart but without a set calendar for now
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves is preparing in his home country Colombia to return to racing soon, although his calendar is still uncertain.

The South American rider has not competed in European races in 2020, as he started his season in the Colombian National Championships -where he finished fifth in the time trial and the road race- and then participated in the Tour Colombia. Chaves has already started his preparation on the road but his calendar is still not clear.

"I have not defined yet my objectives for this season, but I still see myself fighting in the big races of the year," the Colombian said to Spanish podcast El Maillot.

The rider believes the rest of the season will be a challenge in which everybody has to do their best for the sake of the sport. "This is a good time to see if the organisers like the ASO and the RCS, can work together with the UCI, to row in the same direction and put apart other interests," he explained.

"We still don't know any common security protocols. Every country has its own rules, so we think that everything will be known progressively and as we get closer to the date of the restart of the season."

Chaves still maintains his dream of winning the Tour de France and has confirmed his recovery from the Epstein Barr virus, which has affected his seasons in the last years. "I fell in love with cycling when I was twelve and watching the Tour de France," he affirmed. "That was the race that captivated me. I have a dream and it is to win the Tour de France. I work with that objective in mind. If you ask me if I can win the Tour, I would say 'yes'.

"The victory at the past Giro d'Italia confirmed me that I'm completely recovered. If I look back at the symptoms I had, I was suffering from the illness from 2017. In 2018, it was unchained. I then ran some tests and we had a diagnosis."




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