Aru: I'm not at the Tour of the Alps to be a bit-part player

Fabio Aru at stage 3 of  Tour of the Alps

Fabio Aru ( UAE Team Emirates ) admitted that he was not at the same level as his potential Giro d'Italia rivals when the Tour of the Alps began on Monday but day after day, attack after attack, he has been able to close the gap, indicating he will be a real contender at the Corsa Rosa in May. Aru often races with his heart, ignoring his legs, as he searches for success. He appeared to use both during stage 4 to Lienz, perhaps first informing Chris Froome of his intentions to attack on the late Bannberg and then going deep on the six-kilometre climb and opening a gap on the overall contenders and his future Giro d'Italia rivals. Aru danced on the pedals with his trademark leg swinging style, suffering on the steepest gradients, but his pace was constant as he cut his way through an earlier move and ...

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