Aru unlikely to defend Italian national title after Giro d'Italia problems

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru is unlikely to defend his Italian national title next Saturday as he tries to recover from a poor spring and retirement from the Giro d’Italia . Cyclingnews understands Aru is back in training and will soon sit down with his UAE Team Emirates to decide his race programme for the second half of the season. Despite reports that Aru could decide to skip the Vuelta a Espana and ride a series of one-day races in August and September, it is more likely the Sardinian will stick to his original programme and ride the Spanish Grand Tour as key preparation for the World Road Race Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Aru quit the Giro d’Italia during stage 19 after struggling to be competitive in the key mountain stages. He has kept a low profile since then, staying at his home in Lugano while the UAE Team Emirates management try to ...

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