• Esteban Chaves signing on at the 2016 Giro di Lombardia. (AAP)Source: AAP
After surveying the course profiles of the 2017 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France Orica-BikeExchange Colombian star Esteban Chaves has opted to again race the former.
Cycling Central

1 Nov 2016 - 9:26 AM  UPDATED 1 Nov 2016 - 9:28 AM

Chaves had a breakout 2016 with podium finishes at both the Giro and Vuelta a España, and closed out his season with a stunning victory at the Giro di Lombardia autumn classic.

The Colombian on Monday said he feels comfortable racing the Italian Grand Tour and will line up for its 100th edition on a course which more suits his climbing prowess.

"I still have many years to do the Tour de France," the 26-year-old Chaves said. "One day, I will find that the course suits my qualities and I will try my luck.

"I have a very special relationship with Italy. I really like Italian cycling and I have many friends in this country."

Giro 2017 route revealed
Giro d'Italia organisers have unveiled a mountainous course for its 100th edition.

The decision by Chaves opens up the possibility of a repeat of his successful 2016 schedule, with another ride at the Vuelta a España a possibility.

It also signals that the Orica-BikeExchange Tour de France general classification ambitions will be led by the Yates brothers, Adam and Simon.

Aggressive Tour route set for 2017
Tour de France organisers announced a dynamic and interesting route for the 2017 edition of the race and a mountain stage for the women's La Course.

Though not confirmed, it's understood Chaves will start his 2017 season at the Santos Tour Down Under in the run-up to the Giro, making it his first race on Australian roads.