Chaves comes desperately close to victory Itzulia Basque Country

HONDARRIBIA SPAIN APRIL 08 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio of Colombia and Team BikeExchange during the 60th ItzuliaVuelta Ciclista Pais Vasco 2021 Stage 4 a 1892km stage from VitoriaGasteiz to Hondarribia Attack Breakaway itzulia ehitzulia on April 08 2021 in Hondarribia Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Esteban Chanves (BikeExchange) during stage 4 of Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Getty Images)

So near yet so far. Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) put a brave face on a brutal defeat on Thursday’s stage 4 of the Itzulia Basque Country where he was by far the most active rider but was finally pipped at the line by his breakaway companions.

Having recently confirmed he was on the comeback trail when he soloed to victory in the toughest stage of the Volta a Catalunya in addition to a second place on stage , Chaves came to Itzulia Basque Country looking for another stage win at the least – and he almost got it in Hondarribia.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.