Mitchelton-Scott team manager Matt White has insisted that the team will battle on for victory at the Giro d’Italia despite the team’s co-leader for the general classification, Esteban Chaves, having a disastrous stage 10, and losing over 25 minutes.
Chaves was second overall and the longstanding leader in the 2016 Giro d’Italia, and third in the Vuelta a España the same year. Chaves’ victory on Mount Etna this year, and his strong performance on the Gran Sasso, had placed the Colombian in second position overall behind teammate Simon Yates.
And although Yates remains the race leader after stage 10, losing Chaves as a GC option represents a serious blow to the Australian team.
Speaking at a point before Chaves had crossed the finish line and any communication to find out what had happened with the Colombian racer was possible, White said he was at a loss as to why Chaves had lost so much time.
As White pointed out, although the situation limits their options and is somewhat of a setback, with just one leader Mitchelton-Scott are now in an identical position to most of the other teams fighting for the Giro d’Italia.
“That’s bike racing, isn’t it? It happens. It wasn’t what we expected, it’s an intermediate mountain stage, and Esteban was third on one of the hardest mountain stages just 48 hours ago. I don’t know what happened, but I’m assuming it’s allergies,” White told a small group of journalists as he waited outside the team bus near the finish for Chaves to come across the line.
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