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by Matt de Neef
June 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Thomas De Gendt wins stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine; Greg Van Avermaet wins the Tour of Luxembourg; Team Sky takes narrow win in the inaugural Hammer Series event; Mathieu van der Poel victorious in the Boucles de la Mayenne; Andrew Suzuki leads the Trans Am Bike Race; Chaves “so happy” to return to racing at the Dauphine; UCI president Brian Cookson announces bid for second term; India launches its first bike-share scheme; Peter Sagan’s newest TV commercial.
It’s been nearly four months since Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) last raced — at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia — but now the Colombian is back and more than happy that he is.
“I haven’t raced since February, and I haven’t raced in Europe since October, so it’s quite emotional to be back at a race,” Chaves told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine. “Also I’ve hardly raced in France – I’ve never done Paris-Nice, never done the Dauphiné, never done the Tour – so it will be a really good experience for me.
“There are nerves, for sure, but that’s always the case. I believe it’s better to have nerves than not to.”
After a promising start to the season in Australia, where he was second overall at the Santos Tour Down Under, Chaves suffered a knee injury that has seen him sidelined since early February. The plan had been to target the Tour de France, but with his break, where’s his form at now?
“That’s the big question. That’s what I’m here to find out. I’ll tell you in eight days.”
Follow the link to read more at Cyclingnews.