Esteban Chaves begins to put injury and illness problems behind him with gratifying victory at Volta a Catalunya

The Colombian climber said the hard-fought victory gives him "a lot of confidence"

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Esteban Chaves described his win on stage four of the Volta a Catalunya as a "joy", saying it "gives me a lot of confidence".

The Colombian attacked with seven kilometres remaining of the final 18.6km finishing climb at Port Ainé and held on for a memorable solo victory, crossing the line seven seconds ahead of a bunch of nine riders.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.