French amateur’s hidden motor; Chaves to miss Lombardia: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

October 2, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan McLay wins the Tour de l’Eurometropole; Luis Leon Sanchez solos to victory at the GP Bruno Beghelli; Giovanni Visconti takes solo win at the Giro dell’Emilia; Davide Rebellin wins the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen … at 46; French amateur caught using a motor in Cat 3 race; Esteban Chaves to miss Lombardia defence after breaking shoulderblade; Simon Clarke re-signs with Slipstream Sports through 2020; Teams announced for Tour of Turkey, WorldTour status likely in jeopardy; Team Sky reveals 2016 budget of £31 million.

Esteban Chaves to miss Lombardia defence after breaking shoulderblade

by CyclingTips

The season of Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) has come to a premature close after the Colombian crashed heavily inside the final 10km of Saturday’s Giro dell’Emilia.

Chaves was chasing eventual winner Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) in support of teammate Jack Haig when he lost control on a bend and crashed heavily.

Chaves was taken to hospital where X-rays revealed a fracture of his shoulder blade. He will now miss Il Lombardia, a race he won last year to become Colombia’s first Monument winner.

“This is not how I wanted to finish my 2017 season, especially without the opportunity to return to Lombardia after such special memories last year,” Chaves said. “But this is the way it is and we now focus on the recovery and next season.

“It’s just a bone and there are much bigger challenges in life — we are lucky. We will return from this and I’m looking forward to a new year in 2018.”