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by Shane Stokes
August 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage four of the Tour of Poland; Landa takes stage one of the Vuelta a Burgos; Aru to lead Astana team at Vuelta a España; Hermans recovering from concussion and multiple fractures; Kennaugh and Oss ink contracts with Bora-hansgrohe; Movistar signs Argentinian climber Sepúlveda; Dunbar to make pro debut with Aqua Blue Sport; Cookson expresses confidence about re-election chances; Zwift Academy expands to men’s cycling, contract with Dimension Data under 23 team up for grabs; Wahoo Fitness launches new ELEMNT MINI bike computer; Merida announces voluntary fork recall: 2017 Scultura CF2 models; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 6: Mt. Hamilton
A stage winner, race leader and eventual fifth-place finisher in the Tour de France, Fabio Aru will now turn his attention towards the Vuelta a España and has been named as Astana’s leader for the event.
The team confirmed on Tuesday that the young Italian will head its line-up in the Spanish race, where he has had a strong history. He finished fifth overall in 2014 and then returned the following year to win.
“The Italian will be the leader of the Astana Pro Team for the Spanish three weeks race,” said the Kazakh squad in an announcement.
“While the entire roster of the Kazakh Team will be decided in the coming days, to help Fabio in the many mountain stages of the Vuelta, is confirmed the presence of the Colombian climber, Miguel Angel Lopez, and of the two Spanish riders, Luis Leon Sanchez and Pello Bilbao.”
In addition to his past Vuelta performances, Aru has notched up three stage wins in the Giro. He was third overall in 2014 and the runner up in 2015, when he was also the best young rider.