Tour de France: Nibali's bad day confirms Aru as Astana team leader

Fabio Aru arrived quickly at the Astana team bus after finishing in the front group of overall contenders for the Tour de France behind stage winner and new race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). However the wait for Vincenzo Nibali felt like a funeral, with none of the Astana team management, including team manager Alexandre Vinokourov and coach Paolo Slongo able to understand or explain why the Giro d'Italia winner was dropped on the Puy Mary, the first climb in the finale of the stage.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.