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Rasmussen blasts Chaves for getting fat

Ex-professional Michael Rasmussen blasted Esteban Chaves on social media for looking out of shape after Chaves announced his brother Brayan signed for Orica next season

In a tweet Rasmussen said "If Chaves were my balloon, I would stop blowing now!".

VIDEO: Chaves introduces younger brother Brayan Chaves, the newest member of Mitchelton-Scott

Brayan Chaves, the younger brother of Esteban, has signed with continental team Mitchelton-Scott for the 2018 season.

The 20 year old Colombian climber has so far been competing at the U23 level and now has the chance to appear in the development team of the WorldTeam Orica-Scott, of which his brother forms part since 2014.

"It’s really amazing this opportunity for the 2018 season," said Chaves. "I don’t have the words to describe how excited I am. I am really happy to be coming to the team and it’s a dream come true to be part of this setup and work towards the future."

"Of course it would be incredible if I can follow in the footsteps of Esteban with what he has achieved racing for Orica-Scott, that would be really special and it is a great opportunity for me that I want to make the most of"  
said Brayan.

The team's sports director James Victor states that Chaves will come to develop as a rider and to keep an eye on him for the future. "Brayan comes to us with an obvious family pedigree from brother Esteban," Victor commented. "The short-term plan is to expose Brayan to a mix of opportunities across varied races to allow to him to find his place and confidence on what will be a steep learning curve."

"In addition to Tours in Asia that will suit his climbing ability we have a longer-term plan to work with Brayan over the next few years with a view to his development following a similar trajectory to that of Esteban and other talented Colombian climbers."