Virus explains Fabio Aru's bad performance in Vuelta a España
Sep 14 2019 10:48 pm CET

Virus explains Fabio Aru's bad performance in Vuelta a España
Virus explains Fabio Aru's bad performance in Vuelta a España
Photo of Fabio Aru by UAE Team Emirates

UAE-Team Emirates has confirmed that Fabio Aru was hit by a virus at the Vuelta a España and that hindered his performance in the race.

The Italian rider started in the Vuelta a España to continue recovering his shape after undergoing surgery in his iliac artery in the last year. The performance of the winner of the 2015 edition of the Spanish grand tour was poor and he ended up withdrawing in the 13th stage because his shape didn't allow him to continue.

The Emirati team has discovered that the problems of Aru stemmed from a virus that hit him during the race. "During the Vuelta Espana and following Fabio Aru's withdrawal the team has continued to perform assessments to understand the cause of the muscular damage as seen in the first blood tests and related fatigue and underperformance sustained by Aru," said the team's medical director Jeroen Swart.

"Blood tests already requested prior to his withdrawal and confirmed in the past 24 hours have demonstrated that Fabio has a Cytomegalovirus infection. This can cause severe fatigue and impair performance. Our medical team is working closely with Fabio to ensure his optimal recovery."




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