Fabio Aru

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Fabio Aru
Österreich-Rundfahrt 2013 Wien 24 Fabio Aru (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Fabio Aru
Born (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 24)
San Gavino Monreale, Sardinia, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current team Astana
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-Rounder
Professional team(s)
2009–2012 Palazzago
2012– Astana
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2014)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (2014)
Infobox last updated on
05 March 2015

Fabio Aru (born 3 July 1990) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Astana.[1]

Career[edit]

Early Career[edit]

Aru was born in San Gavino Monreale, Sardinia. At the age of 18 he moved to mainland Italy to pursue a cycling career at under 23 ranks.[2] He joined the Palazzago team where he won the Giro della Valle d'Aosta twice (in 2011 and 2012). In 2012 he also finished runner up to American rider Joe Dombrowski in the Baby Giro[3]

Astana (2012-present)[edit]

Aru at the 2015 Paris-Nice

Aru joined the Astana Pro Team during the 2012 season, after four years with the Palazzago domestic team in Italy. In 2013 he finished fourth overall in the Giro del Trentino, also claiming the Young Riders' Jersey. He rode his first Grand Tour, the 2013 Giro d'Italia, in support of team leader Vincenzo Nibali. He helped Nibali win the race overall, finishing 42nd himself.

In 2014, Aru again rode the 2014 Giro d'Italia, with the expectation of supporting former winner Michele Scarponi. However, Aru proved stronger than his teammate and on Stage 15 took his first professional victory by winning on the summit finish of Montecampione. Aru went on to finish the Giro in third place overall behind Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar) and Rigoberto Urán (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), reaching the podium in just his second Grand Tour.[4]

In his next Grand Tour, the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, Aru won the Stage 11 summit finish atop Alto de San Miguel de Aralar, attacking the leading group with one kilometer to go.[5] He repeated the feat on Stage 18 finishing Monte Castrove. He escaped with Chris Froome near the end of the climb and outsprinted his rival.[6] He finally finished fifth of the Spanish Grand Tour, won by Alberto Contador.[7] He finished his season in the Italian Autumn classics, placing fourth in Milano–Torino and ninth in the Giro di Lombardia.

In 2015, Aru came in sixth at the Volta a Catalunya. In April, he missed the Giro del Trentino because of an intestinal ailment.[8] Greg Henderson accused Aru of faking the ailment, and actually skipping due to a pending biological passport case.[9] Aru promised to sue Henderson for his accusations as he was preparing for the Giro d'Italia.[10]

Palmarès[edit]

2010
2nd Trofeo Gianfranco Bianchin
4th Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
5th Giro del Belvedere
2011
1st Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st Stage 6
2nd Toscana Coppa delle Nazioni
2nd Under 23 National Road Race Championships
4th Overall Baby Giro
6th GP Palio del Recioto
10th Giro del Medio Brenta
2012
1st Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Toscana Coppa delle Nazioni
2nd Overall Baby Giro
4th GP Palio del Recioto
8th Trofeo Piva Banca Popolare di Vicenza
2013
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
7th Tre Valli Varesine
8th Overall Tour of Austria
2014
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 15
4th Milano–Torino
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 11 & 18
7th Overall Giro del Trentino
9th Giro di Lombardia
2015
6th Overall Volta a Catalunya

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 42 3
Yellow jersey Tour
red jersey Vuelta 5

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokes, Shane (8 August 2012). "Contract Roundup: Baby Giro runner-up Aru to Astana, Martens stays with Rabobank". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/interview-aru-ready-to-take-on-contador-at-the-giro-ditalia
  3. ^ http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/fabio-aru-italys-next-big-thing-123288
  4. ^ http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/12/news/road/international-breakthrough-rider-year-fabio-aru_354288
  5. ^ Spencer Powlison (3 September 2014). "Fabio Aru’s daring attack wins Vuelta stage 11". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Susan Westemeyer (11 September 2014). "Vuelta a España: Aru wins stage 18". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Contador seals overall 2014 Vuelta a España victory". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 14 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Barry Ryan (22 April 2015). "Aru a "wreck" due to intestinal ailment". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Stuart Clarke (24 April 2015). "Aru to take legal action over Henderson tweets". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Stephen Farrand (30 April 2015). "Aru training hard for the Giro d’Italia after stomach virus". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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