Aru takes heart from aggressive ride at Tirreno-Adriatico

Fabio Aru recovers from the effort of the Tirreno stage 4 finale

Fabio Aru ( UAE Team Emirates ) rode down from the snow-covered finish of Sarnano Sassotetto with just a fourth place on the stage after an aggressive performance at Tirreno-Adriatico , yet the local tifosi still called out his name after the Italian national champion helped light up the race and came close to a prestigious stage victory. Aru had openly played down his ambitions after losing 24 seconds on the short-but-steep climb to Trevi on Thursday. But he raced with his heart on his sleeve in the final five kilometres, jumping across to Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy). He then managed hold the wheel of Mikel Landa, when the Movistar rider powered across despite going deep and grimacing in pain. He tried an attack close to the finish but had no reply when Landa accelerated to the line. Aru was ...

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