Chaves all smiles but serious about his Giro d'Italia ambitions

Monday's rain meant Esteban Chaves and his Orica-GreenEdge teammates trained on the rollers rather than out on the road during the third and final rest day of the Giro d’Italia. However, the Australian team and the Colombian climber turned the problem into an opportunity, combining time on the rollers with time spent talking with the media.

Other teams and riders would have kept the media at bay but Chaves seemed to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, smiling as usual as he answered questions and spun his no doubt tired legs. Before the TV cameras and microphones were turned on, he found his rhythm on the bike thanks to some salsa music blasting out of a speaker.

"I smiled again when Orica-GreenEdge gave me a chance and gave me a three-year contract. When I felt part of this team I started to smile again.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.