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by Shane Stokes
March 27, 2018
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Fabio Aru’s crash, injury and related withdrawal from the Volta a Catalunya wasn’t what the Italian was hoping from the event, but it appears that his preparation for the Giro d’Italia won’t be adversely affected. The UAE Team Emirates rider will be able to resume training shortly and doesn’t anticipate further complications.
Aru fell on stage one and suffered bad bruising to his thigh. He limped through the event, performing below his usual level. Aru then withdrew after Friday’s stage. He travelled to Barcelona and had a scan carried out at the Sagrada Familia clinic. According to his team, this showed “an edema of post-traumatic rectus femoris.”
“This hematoma caused me pain and to continue riding on it would have been harmful,” said Aru. “Yesterday would have been a battle of 210 kilometres. Going on like that did not make sense. The most important thing is that it is not a serious issue and that after a few days of rest, I can leave for home.
The team’s doctor at the race, Michele de Grandi, said that while the scan identified what was causing the pain, significant injury was ruled out. “Fabio will need to rest for a few days and then he will be able to gradually restart his work.”
Aru was relieved. “This inconvenience has negatively affected my performance in Spain, but will not affect my approach to the Giro d’Italia. A few days of rest and then I will put my head down and push on with my schedule.”