Fabio Aru Out Of Giro d’Italia With Knee Injury

Milan, April 14, 2017 - Italian Fabio Aru has been forced out of next month's Giro d'Italia, which starts on his native island of Sardinia as part of celebrations for the 100th edition, his Astana team said on Monday. Aru, who was set to challenge defending champion Vincenzo Nibali for the pink jersey, crashed and hurt his knee while training in Spain last week. He was diagnosed with … [Read more...]

Fabio Aru Will Be Team Leader Of The Elite Astana Team

Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec 11, 2016 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Fabio Aru has been named as the new team leader of the elite Astana team after the departure of his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali, the Kazakh outfit confirmed on Sunday. The 26-year-old Sardinian climber is one of a clutch of riders expected to dominate the sport in the coming years and he won the Vuelta a España in 2015. Astana, … [Read more...]

Bicycle.net Top Five Favorites At The 2016 Tour de France

Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 - With the Tour de France beginning in Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday, AFP Sport looks at the five most likely winners: Chris Froome As reigning champion and twice winner in three years, the Sky leader will be the man to beat. This Tour may favour climbers but the 31-year-old Briton has proved himself as good as anyone in that domaine, and more so than … [Read more...]

Fabio Aru Breaks Clear For Criterium du Dauphine Stage 3 Win

Tournon-sur-Rhône, France, June 8, 2016 (AFP) - Italian Fabio Aru broke clear on the final hill and dug deep to hold off the swooping peloton to win stage three of the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Astana rider was on his own for a full 13km after cresting the last climb with a slender 10-second lead and needed all the resilience he could conjure to hold off the … [Read more...]

Froome Back, Aru Soars And Sagan Finally Delivers Big

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, Dec 17, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome reasserted his authority, a new star was born in Fabio Aru while Peter Sagan finally came good in an action-packed 2015 in cycling. To a certain degree, doping took a back-seat, not least because of the corruption scandal in football and athletics, particularly Russia, being dragged … [Read more...]

The Five Key Moments From La Vuelta A Espana

By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Sept 13, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru claimed his first Grand Tour victory by winning the 70th edition of Spain's Vuelta on Sunday ahead of home favourite Joaquim Rodriguez and Poland's Rafal Majka. Here, Bicycle.net looks at five key moments from a controversial three-week race: - Nibali sent home in … [Read more...]

Aru’s Time Comes At End Of Wacky Vuelta A Espana

By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Sept 14, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru is finally a Grand Tour winner after upsetting the odds to claim a gruelling 70th edition of Spain's Vuelta on the race's 80th anniversary. Aru had three top-five Grand Tour finishes to his name before arriving in Spain three weeks ago, most recently losing out to Alberto Contador on home soil at the Giro d'Italia … [Read more...]

Aru Claims Vuelta Overall Victory, Ads Degenkolb Wins Final Stage

By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Sept 13, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru sealed his first ever Grand Tour victory as Germany's John Degenkolb finally claimed a stage win on the final day of Spain's Vuelta on Sunday. Aru just needed to get through the 98.8km parade through the streets of Madrid unscathed after building up a 1min 17sec lead over Joaquim Rodriguez … [Read more...]

Aru Climbs Himself Into The Vuelta Overall Victory

Cercedilla , Spain, Sept 12, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Fabio Aru is on the verge of sealing his first Grand Tour win after he moved into the lead of Spain's Vuelta on Saturday with just Sunday's parade around Madrid to come. Spain's Ruben Plaza won the 175.8km stage from San Lorenzo de El Escorial to Cercedilla thanks to a remarkable solo breakaway ride from 114km out, ahead of Portugal's … [Read more...]

Dumoulin Takes Pole Position At Vuelta With Time Trial Win

Burgos, Spain, Sept 9, 2015 (AFP) - Dutchman Tom Dumoulin moved into pole position to claim his first Grand Tour title at Spain's Vuelta by storming to victory in Wednesday's time-trial to move into the overall lead by three seconds. Dumoulin posted a best time of 46min 01sec to take the 38.7km 17th stage around Burgos by over a minute from Poland's Maciej Bodnar and Spaniard Alejandro … [Read more...]