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by Shane Stokes
October 18, 2017
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Italian road champion and Grand Tour specialist Fabio Aru has completed negotiations and signed a three year contact with UAE Team Emirates, thus ensuring he will move to the team from his current Astana setup.
“I’m honoured that the UAE Team Emirates management and their sponsors want to unite our cycling endeavours,” he said. “I thank them for the faith they’ve placed in me and I hope to live up to their expectations. I would also like to thank everyone who has been with me up to now in my career. They’ve all been important to my growth.”
Aru won the 2015 Vuelta a España and has also finished second and third overall in the Giro d’Italia. He was fifth in this year’s Tour de France and won stage five. At 27 years of age, he is a big talent for the future.
Unsurprisingly, UAE Team Emirates manager Carlo Saronni is pleased to add Aru to the squad. He will thus join previous signing Dan Martin.
“We welcome a champion like Fabio Aru; his skills perfectly match the ambitions of the team,” said Saronni. “Besides highlighting Aru’s enormous potential, I’d like to point out that Aru is a rider who can stir up excitement among the fans. He is well-loved because of his generosity on a bike. With his performances he will contribute to promoting an ideal team image, and he will likely help us reach important competitive milestones.”