Fabio Aru: It's the right time to win the Giro
May 03 2018 01:23 am CET

Fabio Aru: It's the right time to win the Giro
Fabio Aru: It's the right time to win the Giro
Photo of Fabio Aru © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

UAE Team Emirates rider Fabio Aru expects a difficult Giro d'Italia but feels relatively little pressure as he is set to ride his first grand tour with his new team.

The Italian made the move from Astana at the start of this season, and will ride his first Giro since 2015 when he finished second, after having earned a third spot a year earlier.

"Coming to Israel yesterday, we realized the temperature is pretty high. We’ll have to pay attention to hydration," the 2015 Vuelta a España champion said.

"On the roads of stage 2 and stage 3, the wind will also be a factor that should not be underestimated. The opening time trial is a tricky course with lots of ups and downs.

Although the rider hasn't been able to get any more podium spots in a grand tour since 2015, he now feels that it is a good time to return to the top.

"I had a great desire to return to the Giro. It’s a crossroads in my career; it’s the right time to win the Giro. I’ve never felt young because I’ve raced with responsibilities albeit with no stress, almost since the beginning; in fact, since 2014. In our team, I feel the serenity and the harmony to do well.

"There are about 15 riders who are here for GC. In addition to Pinot, Pozzovivo and Lopez, who were in great form at the Tour of the Alps, and Froome, who was in a similar condition to me, there's Chaves, [Simon] Yates, Bennett and Woods, who are among the climbers to watch. I don’t think the Zoncolan or the Jafferau will decide the race... all 21 stages will."



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