Chaves on the comeback trail at Vuelta a Espana

Esteban Chaves

Rumour mills about riders being in top condition traditionally go into overdrive before the start of a Grand Tour, but when Esteban Chaves was asked on Thursday if it was true, as some were saying, that he is in form for this Vuelta a Espana as strong as when he finished third in the 2016, he fired back straight, with his typically friendly smile: "I hope so". It looks increasingly evident that the Mitchelton-Scott leader's tough second half of 2018 after falling ill in the Giro d'Italia, which saw his career put on hold for over six months, is now definitively behind him. Certainly, a stage win in the Italian Grand Tour's third week this May strongly suggested the Colombian racer is moving back on track. So at the Vuelta, four months further on where - in the absence of defending champion Simon Yates and his brother Adam - he ...

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