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Aru: I could have lost 20 minutes

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Fabio Aru collected another jersey for best young rider.

Fabio Aru collected another jersey for best young rider.
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Alberto Contador and Fabio Aru ride together briefly

Alberto Contador and Fabio Aru ride together briefly
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Fabio Aru (Astana)

Fabio Aru (Astana)
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White jersey Fabio Aru (Astana)

White jersey Fabio Aru (Astana)
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Mikel Landa climbed to his second consecutive stage win at the Giro d'Italia.

Mikel Landa climbed to his second consecutive stage win at the Giro d'Italia.
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Alberto Contador had to chase alone

Alberto Contador had to chase alone
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Fabio Aru lost more than two minutes to Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and lost his second place overall to Astana teammate Mikel Landa after suffering on the steep slopes of the Mortirolo and the climb to the finish in Aprica. Yet the young Italian was relieved to have limited his losses after the finale of the race became a battle for survival.

“I suffered for 40km and I could have lost 20 minutes,” Aru admitted after the stage, speaking briefly to Italian television before heading to his nearby hotel to recover from his huge effort.

“It honestly wasn’t one of the best days of my career. I suffered a lot and I rode more with my head than my legs. I fought all the way to the line so that I didn’t lose everything.”

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