Esteban Chaves is back competing in the GC. This time, the Columbian road cyclist is part of the team EF Education–EasyPost. With a new team at his back, Esteban hopes to prove his abilities to everyone. The rider is trying hard to prove to the team that he deserves a spot at the Tour de France.
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The rider has his fingers crossed while he hopes for the best:
I am still a GC guy. It’s a long way to the Tour de France and it’s a long list. Like every single team, you need to show you are good enough to go
Esteban has been haunted by illness and injuries for a greater part of his career, but he still comes up with some admirable results. He stood 2nd in Giro d’Italia and also bagged the third positing in Vuelta a España in 2016. On the Tour of Norway, he rode ninth. He wishes to give the same performance at Dauphiné.
#Ciclismo Esteban Chaves 🇨🇴 (@EFprocycling) y Andrés Camilo Ardila 🇨🇴 (@TeamEmiratesUAE) llegaron con el mismo tiempo de Wout van Aert 🇧🇪, ganador de la primera etapa del #CriteriumDuDauphine 🇫🇷 https://t.co/iKsqs1LzXa
— ColombiaSports.net (@colombiasports) June 5, 2022
Chaves talks about his switch from GreenEdge to EF and explains that although the switch has been great for him, it did come with new challenges:
New jersey, new bike, new staff, new teammates, everything is challenging and you want to do your best. You want to be professional, you want to push, you want to show you can do it
2022 has not been what he had hoped for. He faced health issues along. He felt that he was neglected when he wasn’t made a part of the Giro d’Italia and the likes. Furthermore, he felt on edge because he could not give his best at the Volta a Catalunya and left the Tour of the Alps unfinished.
But now luck is back in his stride as he rode ninth in the Tour of Norway. Currently, he is competing at the Dauphiné, riding among the season favorites. On Wednesday, he will start the individual time trial in the seventh position. He looked very hopeful for the trial when he said:
We are here to try for the GC. We have [Mark] Padun as well. Up until the TT, then we will see, everything will change after the time trial
No matter what the outcome, His smile remains constant.
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