ROVERETO (TN): The resting day has passed less happily than expected. Fabio Aru, leader of the UAE team, at the beginning of this Giro d’Italia dreamed of fighting for the pink shirt and now he is sailing at more than 25 minutes from the leader Simon Yates. However, the Sardinian coming from Villacidro is fine, even the closest collaborators confirm it. Health is good, but when it comes time to accelerate … Fabio stays on the pedals, as if his body had a speed limiter. He says he feels better day after day and his statements have always been optimistic.
The hasty judgments speak immediately of wrong preparation and on the bench of the accused ends the trainer Paolo Tiralongo, judged inexperienced and in his first year of career in the new role. Nevertheless, Tiralongo was a very good rider, who gained a lot of experience alongside the Sardinian.
It is certain that in this Giro we are not seeing the cyclist we met. Too far from that athlete who was able to win La Vuelta Espana, to arrive on the podium of the Giro and to wear the yellow shirt at the Tour de France.
He has on his shoulders important responsibilities, he is no longer the talented teammate of Vincenzo Nibali, he is a leader. In the past he has already dressed these shoes, but maybe now they have become heavier, considering also the super engagement that has popped up by the Arab team.
From what has been stated, he certainly does not want to retire, but how will he now earn the trust to win an important role in the Italian National Team for the World Championships in Austria?
Today we will see him again at the start, as he confirmed.
“At 3.39 pm, I will start the individual time trial Trento – Rovereto. Last days were not easy and all assessments and case analysis will be done. At this moment, however, the priority is to honor all my fans and the Giro d’Italia, trying to do my best, in the stages that remain from here to Rome. I want to thank my teammates, the team and all the people who are close to me right now”.
1. Simon YATES (Gb – Mitchelton-Scott); 2. Dumoulin (ND) at 2’11’’; 3. Pozzovivo at 2’28’’; 4. Pinot (Fra) at 2’37’’; 5. Lopez (Col) at 4’27’’; 6. Carapaz (Ecu) at 4’47’’; 7. Froome (Gb) at 4’52’’; 8. G. Bennett (N. Zel) at 5’34’’; 9. Bilbao (Spa) at 5’59’’: 10. Konrad (Aut) at 6’10’’; 18. Formolo at 9’56’’; 22. Aru at 25’14’’.