Jonathan Vaughters confirms Esteban Chaves will stay

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Esteban Chaves will race with an EF Education-EasyPost shirt for two more seasons.

Team boss Jonathan Vaughters confirmed the deal after spotting a Tweet suggesting the popular Colombian rider was still on the hunt for a 2023 contract.

“Shows you how [L’Equipe] does his research. Chávez still has two years left on his contract with us,” Vaughters wrote.

Vaughters also clarified that Chaves’ initial contract with the team was for three seasons, not just one as widely reported.

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Chaves, 32, joined EF this season after eight years with the GreenEdge franchise.

Despite not making the Tour de France selection for the US-registered team, Chaves has had a consistent season with a string of top-10s, including a seventh at the Critérium du Dauphiné and a ninth at the Tour. from Norway.

For 2023, EF Education-EasyPost sees four new riders.

Stephen De Bod was the latest confirmation for EF, which also sees the arrival of Mikkel Honoré (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Richard Carapaz and Andrey Amador (Ineos Grenadiers).

Departures include Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) and the retirement of Sebastian Langveld. Michael Valgren will race on the development team as he recovers from injury.

Rigoberto Urán – who recently hosted Tadej Pogačar in Colombia – will remain, while a few other riders still have their respective futures to reveal.

Japanese rider Hideto Nakane, who joined in 2021, has also confirmed his retirement.

“This will be my last year as a professional cyclist. I’ve been working hard so far until I came here since I started bike racing at 18,” he wrote on Instagram.

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