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by Mark Zalewski
April 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions; British Cycling’s new performance director says he will not prevent riders from consulting Shane Sutton; Vos curbing expectations ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Matthews ready for a change of Classics tactics with Sunweb; UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance; Jason Kenny to retire before the next Olympics?; CCC-SprandiPolkowice bikes stolen ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Teams using Tour of the Alps as rehearsal for Giro; Belgian federation educating young cyclists to not imitate pros; Mancebo signs with U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling; Putting a stamp on a world title; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 2 highlights; Video: Handmade – Brompton Bikes.
It’s been an up and down few months for Esteban Chaves. The Colombian had his best year to date in 2016, netting second overall in the Giro, third in the Vuelta and winning both Il Lombardia and the Giro dell’Emilia. He then went on to lodge a superb season start in the Santos Tour Down Under, finishing second overall in the Santos Tour Down Under. However, after taking ninth in the subsequent Herald Sun Tour, he was hit by a knee problem and sidelined for several weeks.
That tendonitis scuppered his planned programme and he has had to make some changes. Physical therapy sessions replaced competition and he will now build up for his debut Tour de France in Colombia prior to riding just one race before July.
He’ll do either the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse, making the final choice closer to those events.Still, despite the disruption, the Orica-Scott rider is psyched about riding his first Tour.
“I feel excited,” Chaves told CyclingTips in a Skype interview on Thursday. “It is my first time at the Tour de France, and this is one dream for me. All this history started when I looked at the Tour de France on the couch with my dad. It was one dream to arrive on the Champs Elysees. So my first time at the Tour de France will be really exciting.
“We will try to do the best, like always.”
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