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Esteban Chaves Discussion Thread

12 May 2015 17:58

I'm surprised we don't have one for him yet.

Looks like he's Colombia's only hope for at least a day in pink this year. How do you fancy his chances for that?
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Re: Esteban Chaves Discussion Thread

12 May 2015 18:02

He's been out in the breaks the last couple of days I think. Would imagine he will not hold on long enough tomorrow to gain pink.
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12 May 2015 18:09

Bummer. I hope you're wrong.
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12 May 2015 18:23

smile smile smile smile
love chavito!
would be so cool to get maglia rosa but i doubt it
a stage win is possible though
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13 May 2015 20:18

Oh well... Didn't happen. Contador came out to play and that was that.
Let's hope he gets a stage win.
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07 Aug 2015 10:21

Is it just me or does it look like OGE will most probably get a better return from the Yates?
I'm thinking Chaves isn't GC material, or at least not for a GT.
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07 Aug 2015 10:52

I agree. He seems to fragile and unpredictive.
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07 Aug 2015 10:55

I wouldn't write him off already. He ain't looking like a gt contender so far, yes. But he's probably still one year in delay with his development, because of the nasty crash and those injuries he has had.

Just look at Landa this year.
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07 Aug 2015 11:34

Yes, I think OGE will probably give him one more year to develop, maybe two if they're feeling generous. Two year from now puts him at 27 though so it's not like he has all the time in the world.
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07 Aug 2015 13:07

He strikes me as a new Igor Anton: one of the best climbers on his day, inconsistent as hell and very prone to crashing and getting sick.
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07 Aug 2015 13:18

trevim wrote:He strikes me as a new Igor Anton: one of the best climbers on his day, inconsistent as hell and very prone to crashing and getting sick.


Apart from that horrorcrash in 2013, how many times did he crashed the last 2 years?
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07 Aug 2015 13:50

He is very good. He has three problems: recovery, recovery and recovery.

Fix that and you have a GC rider. Easier said than done.
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07 Aug 2015 15:01

Lets see what he does in the upcoming Vuelta, will probably tell a lot.

But I agree, he seems kinda fragile. I had high hopes for him last year after he basically was the best of the rest on the first mountain/hilltop finish, but he faded like he always does.
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07 Aug 2015 17:03

Chavez has been disappointing so far in 2015. Will be given opportunities with Clarke to hunt stage victories in a weakened OGE team for the Vuelta. Riders have off-seasons and you hope this is the case for Chavez.
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07 Aug 2015 17:05

Chavez has been disappointing so far in 2015. Will be given opportunities with Clarke to hunt stage victories in a weakened OGE team for the Vuelta. Riders have off-seasons and you hope this is the case for Chavez.
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07 Aug 2015 18:30

Arredondo wrote:
trevim wrote:He strikes me as a new Igor Anton: one of the best climbers on his day, inconsistent as hell and very prone to crashing and getting sick.


Apart from that horrorcrash in 2013, how many times did he crashed the last 2 years?

Maybe that crash just stick in my head but I always get the sense that his best level is way above his average level.
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07 Aug 2015 21:58

SergeDeM wrote:Is it just me or does it look like OGE will most probably get a better return from the Yates?
I'm thinking Chaves isn't GC material, or at least not for a GT.


I know im biased but I was very confident the Yates brothers would be more successful than Chavez. It seemed in the Giro that he was getting very tired so perhaps is struggling for stamina and recovery over a long GT, of course this can get better with experience and the Giro was very tough. Perhaps next season look to target stage races that the Yates's don't ride and stage hunting in the Vuelta.
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08 Aug 2015 10:14

Lack of TT power or prowess is the main mitigating factor against Chaves as a GT GC contender. As to whether he will ever be able to climb with the elite guys on a consistent basis has yet to be established but then again, that has yet to be established with either of the Yates.

One positive is that Chaves certainly has seemed to have gelled well with the OGE team vibe/ethos which was perhaps a question mark for a rider from outside the Anglosphere/Low Countries.
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08 Aug 2015 10:21

staubsauger wrote:I wouldn't write him off already. He ain't looking like a gt contender so far, yes. But he's probably still one year in delay with his development, because of the nasty crash and those injuries he has had.

Just look at Landa this year.


He was better last year.
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23 Aug 2015 16:59

Vuelta stage win and red jersey to boot!
How long do you think he'll hold on to it?
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