Chaves first confirmed his Grand Tour potential at last year’s Vuelta a España, where he won two stages, spent six days in the leader’s jersey and finished fifth overall.

Now he has set his sights on the Giro d’Italia after he and Orica-GreenEdge made the “Corsa Rosa” their main target of 2016.

Chaves will begin the 16 stage 2’12” behind Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk on Tuesday with both men setting their sights on the May 29 final podium in Turin.