Tour de France - Fabio Aru: You must also accept it when you lose
Jul 19 2017 06:51 pm CET

Tour de France - Fabio Aru: You must also accept it when you lose

Fabio Aru of Astana Pro Team struggled to keep up with his key rivals for the General Classification of the Tour de France and ended up losing half a minute in stage 17.

The 27-year-old could not keep up on the Galibier climb after already having been dropped before, and reached the finish 31 seconds later than Chris Froome, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran.

As a result, Aru drops from second to fourth place and is now 53 seconds behind Froome, who also took four bonification seconds in the sprint for second place.

"I have lost and I can not be happy," Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport shortly after the stage.

"But the Tour ends on Sunday. It was not a good day. This is cycling. You must also accept the days when you lose.

"At a certain point, well over two thousand meters, they attacked. I didn't have the energy to respond. Yesterday was tough and today was too. Tomorrow will be the same. I lost to my direct rivals but this is cycling and it has to be accepted," the Italian champion concluded.
Photo of Fabio Aru (cropped) by Astana Pro Team


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