The long-awaited mountain will arrive in Giro's Italia and the Colombian will be protagonists, with Miguel Ángel López, trying to climb in general, to break back, and with Esteban Chaves, who will hand right of his leader in Mitchelton- Scott, Simon Yates.
This Thursday, when the hard climbs appear with the 158-kilometer journey between Cuneo-Pinerolo, With a mountain prize of the first-class 33 kilometers of the end, the Bogota rider will be ready to help his fellow member of the team.
Chaves, Yates and López are climbers, t and when a high staircase is present in a competition, then it is clear that they are going to be prime actors.
It's a preferable day to prepare what comes from, t the second part of the Giro's Italia, which has not been so emotional.
This Friday, the fraction will have 196 kilometers, with three mountainous areas: one from the second and two of the first, the last of them, in the goal.
Preferential day for the attack, the discount and leave 'pink race'; hot which will finish on Saturday with 131 kilometers, t five steps, two seconds, two first and a third in the goal. And on Sunday, 232 kilometers, two steps from the second and third, 10 kilometers of the end.
Yates was one of the victims, near the Colombia, Miguel Ángel López, at the trial last Sunday., as the two of them are called to overcome, to attack in the climbs, their landscape.
And Chaves, as he did last year in this competition, after winning Etna step with a second place Yates, who wore as a leader.
The Colombian was his escort until the Briton, three steps of the end, couldn't take him anymore, give the best to lead and lose any chance of winning the race.
"We've already started with too hard steps. It's a quick day, a short time (laughs) … We want to compete in the race like the others. Already the general is beginning to look in a different way. We're ready for everything ", says Chaves.
The 29-year-old national rider is taking part in his fourth Giro, he knows what race is and understands his role very well.
He was 55 in 2015, a year later he was generally overcome by Vincenzo Nibali and won a stage, and last year he was 72 years old.
"We hope to argue the general. I think Chaves will be another heap, it's runner who knows the race", t He told TIME Vittorio Algeri, one of the Australian team technicians.
Esteban Chaves is in the 28 to 6 minute box, 20 seconds of Valerio Conti, the race leader, while Yates is in the 24. ° position to 5 minutes, 36 seconds.
"I'm sure this step will be fast on Thursday. I'm waiting for the steps for the break and then the race will calm down a bit. T We all need to buy time, including myself, if we want to win the race, so the next steps will be fast, "Yates said.
Lope, on the other hand, has the same mindset of restoring the lost time, from turning the previous Sunday's page where he had a bad day.
"I hope you continue to support us. I am telling them not to lose hope because our land is coming," he said. said Lopez, aged 25.
He added: "For us, this is our land. Let's see if we are enjoying it, to see if we are still doing good things." That's where we have fun, on the mountain. "
Chaves and López have much to say in this Giro, with different jobs, but with clear objectives.