Watch: ‘Behind the Smile’ – the Esteban Chaves documentary
Esteban Chaves is undoubtedly one of the most popular riders in the pro peloton. Since joining the WorldTour with Orica GreenEDGE (now Mitchelon-SCOTT), the charismatic Colombian has developed a cult following – as much for his climbing as his cheerful demeanour and near-constant smile.
He’s also produced some excellent results, including podium finishes and stage wins at both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, and a monument win at il Lombardia in 2016.
But there’s a lot more to Esteban Chaves than just a smiling climber.
In the last couple of years, Chaves has been challenged by a rollercoaster of ups and downs, struggling with sickness and career threatening injuries.
This 22 minute documentary, filmed during a time of recuperation in Colombia, provides a never before seen insight into his life on and off the bike, his struggles and joys, and his past and future goals.
Interviews with Chaves, his family and closest friends provide a revealing picture of this very special rider and true character of the sport.