Esteban Chaves

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Esteban Chaves
Vuelta a España 2015 - 8ª Etapa Puebla de Don Fadrique - Murcia-95 (21023897241) (cropped).jpg
Chaves at the 2015 Vuelta a España
Personal information
Full nameJohan Esteban Chaves Rubio
NicknameChavito,[1] El Chivo, the Smiling Assassin[2]
Born (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 31)
Bogotá, Colombia
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)
Team information
Current teamTeam BikeExchange
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team
2009–2011Colombia es Pasión–Coldeportes
Professional teams
2022EF Education–Nippo
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (2016, 2018, 2019)
1 TTT stage (2015)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (2015)

Stage races

Abu Dhabi Tour (2015)

One-day races and Classics

Giro di Lombardia (2016)
Giro dell'Emilia (2016)

Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (born 17 January 1990) is a Colombian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team BikeExchange.[6] Born in Bogotá, Chaves has competed as a professional since the start of the 2012 season, having signed for the Colombia–Coldeportes team as a neo-pro,[7] after three seasons as an amateur with the Colombia es Pasión–Coldeportes team. Chaves is a two-time grand tour podium finisher, and a monument winner.


Early career[edit]

Chaves riding for the Colombia–Coldeportes team in 2012

As an amateur, Chaves was the winner of the French Tour de l'Avenir race in 2011, a race previously won by five future winners of the Tour de France. Chaves had been part of the breakaway on the first road stage of the race, taking the mountains jersey after the stage.[8] He surrendered that lead to Garikoitz Bravo the next day, but reclaimed the lead on the third stage, having led the field over the Grand Ballon.[9] Bravo took the lead again after the fourth stage until the end of the race, but Chaves moved into contention for the overall honours with several top-ten stage finishes,[10] and trailed race leader David Boily by seven seconds before the final stage, in Alba, Italy. Chaves was part of a four-rider breakaway that moved clear of the field after the penultimate climb, and although he was beaten to the line by Warren Barguil and Mattia Cattaneo, Chaves' third place coupled with a 24-second time gap to the field, allowed him to win the race by 17 seconds.[11]

Colombia–Coldeportes (2012–13)[edit]

Chaves turned professional with the newly formed Colombia–Coldeportes team for the 2012 season,[12] as his former team Colombia es Pasión–Café de Colombia returned to the domestic ranks in Colombia. He competed in several of the early-season Italian races, including Tirreno–Adriatico, but withdrew from the race on the penultimate day. After finishing 18th in his home race, the Vuelta a Colombia, Chaves returned to Europe for the Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia single-day race in the Basque Country. Chaves made an attack with 10 km (6.2 mi) remaining but Euskaltel–Euskadi's Gorka Izagirre shadowed his move, with Izagirre eventually beating Chaves in the sprint finish.[13] Chaves continued his form into the Vuelta a Burgos, where he won the final stage of the race. Team Sky team-mates Rigoberto Urán and Sergio Henao animated the field on the final climb to Lagunas de Neila, and only Chaves was able to follow the pair; Chaves ultimately beat his former team-mate to take his first professional victory on the line, and allowed him to finish the race in third place overall.[14] The following weekend, Chaves took victory in the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore in Italy, from a five-rider group, after forming the group with Italian national champion Franco Pellizotti of the Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela team, on the Monte Pitoro climb.[15]

Chaves suffered severe injuries in a crash at the Trofeo Laigueglia in February 2013. The team doctor revealed that he had a compound fracture to his right clavicle, fractures in his left petrous bone, right cheekbone, maxillary sinuses and sphenoid bone, and also received pulmonary compressions, abrasions and suspected rib fractures.[16]

Orica–GreenEDGE (2014–2021)[edit]

Chaves moved to the Orica–GreenEDGE team for the 2014 season, on an initial two-year contract.[17]


Chaves wearing the red jersey of general classification leader, at the 2015 Vuelta a España

At the Vuelta a España, Chaves won stage 2 by outsprinting Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant–Alpecin) and Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) at the summit of the final third category climb of Caminito del Rey. By doing so he took the overall race lead.[18] Chaves lost the race lead on stage 5, as he was caught out in a split in the peloton at the finish and dropped 6 seconds to Dumoulin.[19] However, on stage 6 Chaves attacked 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) from the summit of the final climb to Sierra de Cazorla and held off Dan Martin (Cannondale–Garmin) and Dumoulin by five seconds for his second stage win and retake the race lead.[20] During the Vuelta Chaves extended his contract for a further three years.[21] He eventually finished the Vuelta in fifth place overall.[22]


2016 was a strong season for him as he finished second in the Giro d'Italia and third in the Vuelta a España. On 1 October, Chaves won Il Lombardia, his first victory in one of cycling's "monuments".[23] Becoming the first ever Colombian cyclist to win a monument. His compatriot Rigoberto Uran finished in third.

In June 2017, he was named in the startlist for the 2017 Tour de France.[24] He struggled at the event, eventually finishing 62nd in the general classification, almost two-and-a-half hours down on winner Chris Froome.[25] He returned to the Vuelta a España later in the year. He showed good form in the opening stages,[26] but later slipped back to finish eleventh overall.[27]


Chaves started his 2018 campaign at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, before starting the Herald Sun Tour. He broke away from the peloton at the final ascent of the penultimate stage, taking the victory and the lead in the overall classification. [28] He held on to his lead to win the event overall the next day,[29] his second victory in a stage race. Chaves also rode the Giro d'Italia as his season highlight, winning stage 6.


On the 31st of May Estaban won stage 19 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia with an emotional win from the breakaway. Finishing on San Martino di Castroz, Chaves celebrated with family.[30]

EF Nippo (2022–Present)[edit]

On August 9th 2021 it was confirmed Estaban would join EF Nippo for the 2022 season. [31]

Major results[edit]

2nd Road race, National Novice Road Championships
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Cundinamarca
5th Overall Circuito de Combita
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 1 Clásica Club Deportivo Boyacá
3rd Overall Circuito de Combita
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
1st MaillotCyan.PNG Young rider classification Vuelta a Colombia
2nd Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 5
5th Memorial Marco Pantani
6th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
3rd Overall Tour of Beijing
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
4th Overall Tour de Langkawi
7th Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 6
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held Jersey white.svg after Stage 4
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 2 & 6
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 2–4 & 6–8
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 2–3 & 7–14
Held Jersey blue dotted.png after Stage 2
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 2–8
8th Giro di Lombardia
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 14
Held Jersey pink.svg after Stage 19
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
9th UCI World Tour
2nd Overall Tour Down Under
9th Overall Herald Sun Tour
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 3
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 6
Held Jersey blue.svg after Stages 6–8
1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia
6th Overall Tour of Slovenia
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
5th Time trial, National Road Championships
7th Overall Tour Colombia
3rd Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau
6th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey blue lines volta.svg Points classification
1st Jersey red lines volta.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
8th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
10th Overall Tour de Suisse

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 55 2 72 40
Tour de France 62 23 13
Vuelta a España 41 5 3 11 19 27
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice DNF 51
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico DNF 30
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 46 13 48 DNF 34 NH 6
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 101 21 9
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie Has not contested during his career
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 26
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse 16 14 NH 10

Monuments results timeline[edit]

Monument 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Milan–San Remo Has not contested during his career
Tour of Flanders
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 68 14
Giro di Lombardia DNF 8 1 70
Did not compete
IP In Progress
DNF Did not finish


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