Chaves Second Overall At Giro

Esteban Chaves, competing on his fi’zi:k Antares saddle and for Orica-GreenEDGE, has finished a career-changing second at the 2016 Giro d’Italia. The performance gives the 26-year-old Columbian and Australian team their best-ever result in a Grand Tour.

Chaves won the mountainous Queen Stage before battling hard on the penultimate stage to secure the runner-up spot behind winner Vincenzo Nibali, just 52 seconds back.

‘I have learnt that dreams can come true,’ beamed Chaves after Sunday’s final stage, won by Nikias Arndt after initial winner Giacomo Nizzolo was retrospectively relegated for an improper sprint. ‘I would not be in this position without the magnificent work of my teammates. I would like to thank them all.’ That includes diligent domestiques like Svein Tuft (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes) and imperious climbers like Damien Howson (fi’zi:k R3B Uomo shoes).

It was also a fine three weeks for Alejandro Valverde (fi’zi:k Antares 00saddle and Movistar), who finished third overall. In the process, the Spaniard became just the 16th rider in history to claim a podium spot at all three Grand Tours and leaves the 36-year-old just one short of leveling Miguel Indurain’s national record of nine.

‘It’s been a great Giro d’Italia for our team,’ Valverde commented after the final stage. ‘We’ve worn pink with Andrey [Amador, fi’zi:k Aliante, who’d finish eighth overall], fought for many stages and I’ve claimed a podium slot in my first-ever Giro.’

Special mention must also go to fi’zi:k riders Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale Pro Cycling), John Darwin Atapuma (fi’zi:k R3B Uomo shoes and BMC Racing) and Kanstantsin Siutsou (Dimension Data), who respectively finished seventh, ninth and 10th on GC.

The world’s eyes now fall on the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday 2nd July.