Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: July 3, 1990
Height: 181cm
Weight: 61.5kg
Team: Astana

Fabio Aru’s 2017 season

Fabio Aru had a frustrating start to the 2017 season, when a crash and resulting knee injury meant he was unable to train in the final weeks leading up to the Giro d’Italia subsequently missing the race.

He returned in time for the Critérium du Dauphiné, taking fifth place, 1-37 back on his team mate Jakob Fuglsang.

He drew attention at the 2017 Tour de France when he attacked on the summit finish to La Planche des Belles Filles, on stage five. This led to a stage win, and left the prime GC contenders facing havoc in his wake as their group splintered to give way to the first major gaps in the overall. Here, Aru moved into second place behind Chris Froome (Team Sky). 

The Astana rider raised eyebrows on stage nine when he appeared to attack the yellow jersey immediately after Froome raised his hand for a mechanical – though he claimed he was unaware of the leader’s issue.

Aru lost an important team mate in Dario Cataldo who crashed out on stage 11, but the following day he attacked in the final 300 metres of the summit finish, stealing the yellow jersey from the dominant Sky rider, before losing it on stage 14 and sinking further down the GC on stage 17. 

Stage 18 saw Aru’s chances of becoming the Tour de France champ all but diminish after dropping down to fifth and losing more time on his rivals. So much so that Mikel Landa found himself bunny hopping the Italian champ into fourth.

Fabio Aru’s career to date

Having signed for the Astana team in 2012, Fabio Aru has steadily established himself as Grand Tour contender, making his breakthrough ride in the 2014 Giro d’Italia where he won a stage and finished third overall.

In 2015, Aru went one better in the Giro and won two stages and placed second overall behind the far more established Grand Tour star Alberto Contador, just one minute and 53 seconds behind.

Next stop was the 2015 Vuelta a España, where Aru has put in a solid performance to take his first first Grand Tour victory.

Aru’s strength lies as a climber, where his bobbing riding style and trademark face-pulling may look untidy but is evidently effective.

Major wins: 2015 Vuelta a España