Michele Scarponi to lead Astana at Giro d'Italia
Apr 12 2017 12:59 am CET

Michele Scarponi to lead Astana at Giro d'Italia

Astana has announced that Michele Scarponi will lead the team at the 2017 Giro d'Italia. The rider is set to replace Fabio Aru as the captain of the squad at the 100 edition of the race.

The Italian won the Italian Grand Tour in 2011 and his experience is one of his main assets to get a good result in 2017. "We decided to come to the Giro with Michele Scarponi as our leader," said the team's General Manager Alexander Vinokourov. "He will replace Fabio Aru, who is forced to skip the race due to the knee injury.

"As we already communicated yesterday, Fabio has to pass the full treatment and recovery from his injury, so he won’t be able to start in his home race," he added.

For the team it is important that Aru has a complete recovery and then the rest of his season will be decided. "For all of us, his good and full recovery comes first, while his further calendar will depend on the time of recovery and the results in the first races after it," Vinokourov pointed out.

Despite the news and this new role of Scarponi, Astana will continue with the plan of the Giro and the Tour de France the way it was announced earlier in the season. "We are looking forward to the Giro d’Italia with the team we have as well as to the Tour de France, where Jakob Fuglsang, like planned, is preparing to take a leading spot," added the General Manager.
Photo of Michele Scarponi by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas