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Aru puts on a brave face after a losing time to Contador at the Giro d’Italia

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Fabio Aru lost time to Alberto Contador at the finish of Thursday's 12th stage.

Fabio Aru lost time to Alberto Contador at the finish of Thursday's 12th stage.
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Alberto Contador stayed safe on the F1 track in Imola

Alberto Contador stayed safe on the F1 track in Imola
(Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Fabio Aru (Astana) on the stage 12 start line

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Fabio Aru (Astana) on the stage 12 start line
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Fabio Aru (Astana) on the podium

Fabio Aru (Astana) on the podium
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Fabio Aru (Astana)

Fabio Aru (Astana)
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Fabio Aru tried to put on a brave face after his bad day at the Giro d'Italia but his position on the bike and especially his face as he crossed the finish line in the rain told a different story.

The Astana team leader started the Giro d'Italia aggressively but now seems to be on the back foot. He was unable to go on the attack and distance Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) in the hilly stages after his shoulder injury, and Contador has now attacked him on back to back stages and twice revealed weaknesses.

Aru crossed the line in 26th place on the Monte Berico hills overlooking Vicenza, after fighting to stay in contact as Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Contador surged to the line. He was among the wheels in the long line of riders but race officials ruled that there were gaps between the riders, meaning Aru was timed as finishing eight seconds behind Contador. The Spaniard also collected a six-second time bonus for second place, shunting Aru to 17 seconds back in the overall classification.

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