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by Mark Zalewski
April 12, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Paris-Camembert; The Status of Women’s Pro Cycling – Part 3: Owning the Road Ahead; Scarponi to replace Aru in Giro after knee injury worse than initially believed; Alaphilippe out of Ardennes Classics with injury; Wout Poels out of Ardennes with knee injury; BMC closes out Belgian Classics without Van Avermaet; Quinziato announces retirement at end of 2017; Sunweb regaining riders injured in early season; Montana legislature removes proposed bicycle fee amendment from bill; Researchers study why cyclists break road rules; Video: The bike is just a detail; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; Video: Tour de Yorkshire promo.
After suffering a knee injury while training at altitude, Astana’s Fabio Aru Tweeted a photo of his swollen knee, but his team said he would be fine. However, upon further evaluation by doctors the team announced their GC hope for the upcoming Giro d’Italia in May will not be able to race.
“As a consequence of his fall while training in Spain, Fabio Aru was examined this afternoon in Milan by the Professor Comb –the diagnosis speaks of pre patellar bursitis that causes pain when he pedals,” a statement said.
The team announced Wednesday that Italian Michele Scarponi will now be the GC leader for the team. The 37-year-old won the Giro in 2011.
“He will replace Fabio Aru, who is forced to skip the race due to the knee injury,” said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.
“Fabio has to pass the full treatment and recovery from his injury, so he won’t be able to start in his home race. For all of us, his good and full recovery is [the priority], while his further calendar will depend on the time of recovery and the results in the first races after it.”
“I’m so sorry and disappointed for what happened,” Aru said. “I was dreaming of the Giro start in my Sardinia and we were preparing the Giro for months. Unfortunately, the accident occurred, and won’t allow me to be at the start in sufficient conditions, and albeit with great regret, we are forced to give up.”