• Esteban Chaves blitzes a climb at la Vuelta in 2016. The 'Colombian Kangaroo' has been given the great honour of leading Orica-Scott in this year's Tour de France. Image: Sirotti.
    Esteban Chaves blitzes a climb at la Vuelta in 2016. The 'Colombian Kangaroo' has been given the great honour of leading Orica-Scott in this year's Tour de France. Image: Sirotti.
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Esteban Chaves Says He Will Focus On Giro And Not Ride 2017 Tour de France

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Esteban Chaves says he will not ride the 2017 Tour de France but again focus on the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta Espana - the two Grand Tours he podiumed at this year.

OBE rider Esteban Chaves is in super form and will be aiming for a top General Classification finish at the year's Vuelta which starts on Saturday.
OBE rider Esteban Chaves has enjoyed a stellar 2016 placing on the podium at two Grand Tours and extending his OBE contract by 3-years.

Speaking to Colombian sports channel DeportesRCN, 26-yerar-old Chaves said time was still on his side and there was no rush to ride his first Tour de France.

“There are still a lot of seasons to do the Tour de France.” he said. "One day I will find a route suitable to my skills and then I will go there."

Chaves said he was particularly fond of Italy and the Giro and eager to return.

"I have a special relationship with Italy,” he said. "I really like Italian cycling and I have many friends in Italy”.

'Honorary Aussie' Chaves enjoyed a stellar 2016 that included placing 2nd at the Giro and 3rd at la Vuelta along with winning Il Lombardia.

This year he also extended his Orica-Bike Exchange contract by a further 3-years, taking the partnership through to 2019.

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