Giro d’Italia: Aru and Astana to the fore on the road to La Spezia

Fabio Aru (Astana) arrived at this Giro d’Italia with just 15 days of racing in his legs, largely preferring to steal himself away at a series of altitude training camps at Mount Teide and Sestriere. The Sardinian youngster also missed his final preparation event, the Giro del Trentino, through illness, but he has scarcely missed a beat since the gruppo left San Remo at the weekend.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.