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by Shane Stokes
November 21, 2017
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Esteban Chaves has already underlined his talent with results such as victory in Il Lombardia, second overall in the Giro d’Italia, third in the Vuelta a España plus stage wins in both Grand Tours. Now his younger brother Brayan is getting a chance to show off the family genes.
He has signed a contract with Michelton-Scott, the development team of the WorldTour Orica-Scott squad his older brother has been with since early 2014. “It’s really amazing, this opportunity for the 2018 season,” he said. “I don’t have the words to describe how excited I am. I am really happy to be coming to the team. It’s a dream come true to be part of this set up and work towards the future.
“Of course it would be incredible if I can follow in the footsteps of Esteban with what he has achieved racing for Orica-Scott. That would be really special and it is a great opportunity for me that I want to make the most of.”
Now 20 years of age, he has previously been competing at the under 23 level in Colombia. Sport director James Victor said the goal right now is to nurture his talent. “Brayan comes to us with an obvious family pedigree from brother Esteban,” he said. “The short-term plan is to expose Brayan to a mix of opportunities across varied races to allow to him to find his place and confidence on what will be a steep learning curve.
“In addition to Tours in Asia that will suit his climbing ability we have a longer term plan to work with Brayan over the next few years with a view to his development following a similar trajectory to that of Esteban and other talented Colombian climbers.”